Texas over BAY­LOR by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

An­other dis­ap­point­ment for Texas HC Tom Her­man and his Longhorns last week. Af­ter tak­ing Ok­la­homa State into OT and fall­ing be­hind 13-10, Texas QB Sam Eh­linger gift-wrapped the out­come by toss­ing a con­cussed end-zone in­ter­cep­tion on 3rd down in­stead of just chuck­ing the ball out of bounds and set­tling for a ty­ing field goal at­tempt. Sheesh! Still, UT con­tin­ues to dis­play the ben­e­fits of Her­man’s pres­ence in Austin: the Longhorns are the top ranked team in the na­tion in net punt­ing this sea­son, as well as tied for the top spot in De­fen­sive TDs al­lowed. Hard to take Bay­lor se­ri­ously af­ter sea­son-open­ing losses to Lib­erty and UTSA, but the truth is the Bears are steadily im­prov­ing un­der the lead­er­ship of 1st-year head coach Matt Rhule. Toss out Bay­lor’s 59-16 blowout loss to Ok­la­homa State and Rhule’s squad has lost its other three con­fer­ence con­tests by a to­tal of just 23 points. And while BU’s 7-3 ATS se­ries edge was com­piled dur­ing the Art Briles era, Rhule has cov­ered both chances as a home dog in 2017 (Bay­lor now 6-0 ATS in last six as a home dog). UT is off a pair of losses and at 3-4 is in dan­ger of los­ing out on bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity, but with the Horns’ next big­gest game of the sea­son on deck (triple re­venger with TCU), we’re on the take here at high noon with a Bay­lor squad that out­yarded both Kansas State and West Vir­ginia in two of their last three games.

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