Until bowling season begins, this will be the last of Red’s TCFGOTW. But this one may be a doozy. The UT Longhorns travel up I-35 to the unfriendly confines of McClain Stadium on the banks of the Brazos to face the Baylor Bears in the last Big 12 game of the year. Texas is a huge 21 point road dog coming off of what was their second best performance of the year in a losing effort to Texas Tech. Of course, the best performance was the butt-whipping they laid on the eventual national champion OU Sooners. Yep, Red is calling that one right now before the final 4 field is even set. Amazing to think that OU’s only loss of the year might be to the lowly Horns.
Baylor is coming off its own disappointing loss to TCU on Thanksgiving weekend which shattered what dreams it had left of making the final four playoff. Red is tired of the Bears already.
Baylor has nothing to play for except a possible New Year’s Bowl bid, but even that is looking unlikely and a trip to San Antonio seems almost inevitable now. UT has absolutely nothing left to play for but pride and possibly salvaging head coach Charlie Strong’s job. Red thinks the players really like Strong and are not about to let the first African-American head coach in UT history go down the tubes without a fight. Red’s key to the game is freshman running back Chris Warren. His incredible 276 yard, 4 touchdown performance in the loss to Tech on Thanksgiving had longtime Longhorn fans reminiscing about past greats such as Jim Bertelsen, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams – none of whom ever had a breakout performance like Warren. Red thinks Warren is the real deal and a mere 150 yard, 2 touchdown performance may be enough to beat the despondent Bears.
Red calls it UT 29 Baylor 28. Take the Horns and the points.