No. 4: Baylor Bears
2020 Record: 2-7
Last year, the Baylor Bears struggled in the Big 12 as all of their 7 losses were from in-conference opponents. Dave Aranda became the head coach last season after Matt Rhule departed the college game to take over the head coaching position for the Carolina Panthers.
A blow to the offense happened when Charlie Brewer, starting quarterback, transferred to Utah in the offseason.
This season the Bears must travel to Manhattan, Kansas to battle it out against Coach Klieman and the Skylar Thompson-led Wildcats.
Overall, the series is tied at 9-9 between the Cats and the Bears, with Baylor taking the win at home last season 32-31.
The biggest question mark for the Baylor offense is who will take over at quarterback. With a strong cornerback and safety room, the questions at QB for the Bears may be their downfall in this year’s matchup.
At corner, K-State has Julius Brents and Ekow Boye-Doe to go along with Jahron McPherson and Russ Yeast at safety. It is a veteran group that will try to keep the explosive Big 12 offenses at bay in 2021.
Baylor does bring back 22 players who played significant time on defense, so that will help this game stay close. However, the Bears won this matchup at home last year and that leans more towards a win in Manhattan this season for the Cats. Klieman needs to improve his Big 12 record this season, and a win against Baylor adds a much needed tally in the win column.