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National College Football Media Give Predictions For BYU At Baylor

Oct 15, 2021, 11:25 PM | Updated: Oct 16, 2021, 2:03 am
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WACO, Texas – The college football season continues to fly by as we now enter week seven. One of the top games for the weekend is No. 19 BYU traveling to future Big 12 Conference foe Baylor.

Despite being the nationally-ranked team in the matchup, BYU is perceived as an underdog heading into their first trip to Waco since 1983.

The national pundits and analysts around college football have laid down a lot of picks for this game. Here’s a roundup of how the nation views BYU-Baylor playing out on Saturday afternoon.

College Football Media predict BYU vs. Baylor

ESPN

Bill Connelly SP+: Baylor 30, BYU 23

FPI: Baylor was given a 73.3% chance of winning

Bleacher Report

“Prior to Week 6, BYU had only turned the ball over twice and won the turnover battle (and the game) in all five contests,” wrote B/R’s Kerry Miller. “When the Cougars were plus-one in turnover margin, they won by one score. When they were plus-two, they won by two scores. So if Bohanon remains calm, cool and collected with no giveaways, I like Baylor in this one.”

Baylor 31, BYU 24

USA Today

Scooby Axson: Baylor

Jace Evans: Baylor

Paul Myerberg: BYU

Erick Smith: BYU

Eddie Timanus: Baylor

Heather Tucker: Baylor

Dan Wolken: Baylor

Yahoo! – College Football Enquirer Podcast

Against the spread

Dan Wetzel: Baylor

Pat Forde: Baylor

Pete Thamel: BYU

Sean Sullivan: Baylor

Thamel on his BYU pick: “One of the things about BYU is that they’re just sound and solid. They’ve got big, huge linemen. They have an NFL tailback. Jaren Hall is back from injury, played okay against Boise, not great. This is a better BYU team at outside receiver than most seasons. I don’t know if BYU is going to go in there and win, but I think at the very least they are going to make it close. …I like BYU licking their wounds coming back on the road and making a statement in Waco. And at the very least they’re going to cover that six.”

Sports Illustrated

Molly Geary: Baylor

John Garcia: BYU

Ross Dellenger: Baylor

Pat Forde: Baylor

Richard Johnson: Baylor

Sporting News

Baylor 31, BYU 28

Athlon Sports

Steven Lassan: Baylor

Mark Ross: Baylor

Ben Weinrib: Baylor

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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