Tomorrow will be the 108th meeting of the two schools, with the series tied 50-50-7 going in to Saturday’s game.
“Our guys are kind of fired up and ready to go,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said.
According to Briles, the team is ready to get back on the field and reclaim respect after the tough loss they suffered to West Virginia.
TCU will be in Waco for its first Big 12 conference matchup. TCU joined the Big 12 after a conference realignment that added the Horned Frogs and West Virginia to the conference.
“It’s good having TCU in our conference,” senior receiver Lanear Sampson said. “They’re a really good team, and they’ve been a really good team over the years.”
However, TCU’s offensive capabilities may be questioned this weekend.
TCU, which lost its starting quarterback, Casey Pachall, after he was suspended for disciplinary issues, then chose to withdraw from school, will be starting its redshirt freshman quarterback on Saturday, Trevone Boykin.
Boykin threw three interceptions and one touchdown in TCU’s loss to Iowa State last week.
Baylor’s bye-week last week came at a good time, giving them time to revive injured players. Senior safety Mike Hicks and junior nickel back Ahmad Dixon will both be returning against the Horned Frogs. Cornerback Demetri Goodson, however, will be out for the rest of the season with a broken arm suffered against West Virginia.
“For the most part, everybody’s recovered from their injuries,” Dixon said. “Everybody’s ready to roll, ready to play.”
Dixon said he has gotten over his headaches that resulted from a concussion, but hasn’t done much contact work. However, he is feeling good in every other area and is ready to play this weekend.
Expectations are higher for the Bears tomorrow as they look to begin their recovery from the 63-70 loss to West Virginia. With the help of a bye-week, and key players returning to the team, Baylor will likely not disappoint. -- Savannah Pullin