Staff Picks: Baylor Beers

3 September 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Chapin (12) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Albany Great Danes during the second quarter at McLean Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 27, Baylor 20

Iowa State has not lost a home game since 2019. Besides, Iowa State has done better during the non-monopoly period than the reigning Big 12 Bears. I am not very confident. These teams are incredibly equal and every power rating you can get indicates that. If Iowa can slow down a rushing Baylor attack and not make too many stupid mistakes, the Hurricanes will start their first 4-0 since 2000.

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa 24, Baylor 21

I’m not sure these two teams could feel closer than they do on this one. Baylor has some young men in defensive high school, which seems to bode well for Hunter Dickers and Xavier Hutchinson. Hurricanes will need to stop running and avoid giving up big plays defensively. This will be exciting until the last minute.

Conor Ferguson, Staff Writer – Iowa State 24, Baylor 17

I got the luxury of finally putting my picks here and noticing the higher overall score everyone went. There is reason to believe this will be a game with fewer goals – both teams are solid on the defensive side of football and I think the defensive units will be challenging those offenses in a big way on Saturday. The thing that’s stopping me from going in that direction is the amount of points that have been scored in this series in the past few seasons. Mysterious things seem to happen in all of these matches and Saturday may be no different. I’ll have Iowa in a one-point match, as long as they don’t do anything to beat themselves.

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 23, Baylor 21

Baylor’s running game poses a major threat to ISU D. Baylor D will always be brave. Seems like a correlation that will be close all the time. The line is correct on this. Picking out the good guys so they show they can’t hang out with someone.

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 30, Baylor 28

Last year, Iowa State was the best offensive and defensive team. But Baylor stepped up to ISU in special teams, with kick-off relegation and a big kick-back to set up the game’s ultimate winner being the teams. So far, ISU has shown resilience once they do stupid things on special teams, but it seems like they do these stupid things a lot. Something strange happens in the specials, but Iowa is able to withstand it, the Deckers stay sharp, and the defense continues to force a turnover.

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A native of Clarinda, Iowa, Jared started as a coach for the Cyclone Fanatic in August 2013 and worked primarily as a videographer until he started winning women’s basketball prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa in May 2016, Jared was appointed as a full-time writer for the site, taking on the position of daily primary reporter for men’s football and men’s basketball. Promoted to Managing Editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor to 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and appears regularly as a guest on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old, Lulu.


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