- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) vs. No. 5 Baylor (3-0, 0-0) , at Arlington, Texas, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Baylor by 17.

Series Record: Tied 36-36-1.


Two-time defending Big 12 champion Baylor plays its conference opener and tries to start 4-0 overall for the third season in a row - something it hasn’t done since 1915-17. Texas Tech is playing consecutive top-five opponents for the first time in school history - the Red Raiders lost their conference opener 55-52 at home last week to fourth-ranked TCU, the other defending Big 12 co-champion.


The Big 12’s highest-scoring offenses. There should be plenty of points scored in this game, with Baylor the national leader at 64 points a game, and the Red Raiders third nationally with 53.8 points per game. Tech QB Patrick Mahomes, who has practiced this week but is listed day-to-day after hurting his left ankle against TCU, set a Big 12 freshman record with his 598 yards on 30 of 56 passing with six touchdowns in a 48-46 loss to Baylor last year.


Texas Tech: RB DeAndre Washington had career highs with 188 yards rushing and four touchdowns against TCU last week. He already has 475 rushing yards this season (118.8 per game), nearly halfway to another 1,000-yard season after last year being the first Red Raiders running back with one since Ricky Williams (not the Heisman Trophy winner from Texas) in 1998.

Baylor: WR Corey Coleman is the Big 12 leader with 153 yards receiving per game, along with an FBS-best eight touchdowns. Coleman already has two three-TD games. Coleman’s 27.1 yards per reception ranks fourth nationally, with teammate KD Cannon seventh at 24.5 yards per catch.


The Bears have won the last four games in the series, all at AT&T; Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys where the two teams are playing for the sixth time the past seven years. …. Texas Tech is 7-20 against top-five teams since 1996, including the past two years against Baylor.

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