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The Bears are 9-1, assuming the break-out dark horse role that I thought Iowa State would fulfill this year. I thought my preseason 8-4 regular season prediction was aggressive and a sizable bet on Rhule and Brewer, but it turns out I undersold them. Matt Rhule has done a terrific job in Waco in his three years, progressing Baylor from 1-11 to 7-6 to their current 9-1. Baylor nailed their football hire and his three year progression at a school that had effectively been hit with tactical nukes on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal is a natural contrast to Tom Herman’s own three year tenure. Rhule has done more with less under much more trying circumstances.
The Bears have four Big 12 wins by a total of 14 points (including two in overtime) and a 3 point loss to OU where they led 31-10 at halftime and effectively fell apart in the second half. If Texas plays well, they can play with Baylor. But the Bears aren’t going to beat themselves.
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