|2009 Texas vs. Baylor Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 10 November 2009 09:20|
McCoy hopes to lead the second-ranked Longhorns to a 12th straight victory over the Bears on Saturday when the Big 12 rivals meet in
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
The Heisman Trophy runner-up from last season has posted his two highest touchdown pass totals against the Bears, throwing for 275 yards and six scores in a 63-31 win Oct. 14, 2006, and 300 yards and five touchdowns Nov. 8 of last year in a 45-21 victory.
Those games, however, were played in
"I've played against Baylor for three years going on my fourth year," said McCoy, who can tie former
That caused coach Mack Brown to joke about the system.
"I've called the computers. They haven't called me back," Brown said. "I've invited them to our games. I don't think any of them have shown up."
Brown knows his team's road to the BCS title game is clear with top-ranked
"We want to win the Big 12 South and the Big 12," Brown said. "Our dream would be to win a national championship. We've got to keep our eyes and our minds on our goals."
Staying focused could be a challenge this week given the recent history between
A shutout may be possible again with
Injuries to Robert Griffin and Blake Szymanski have forced Baylor to turn to third-string quarterback Nick Florence, who was named Big 12 offensive player of the week after setting a school record with 427 passing yards and throwing three TD passes in a 40-32 win at
"He's not as mobile as Robert Griffin, but he still can run and I think he is doing an excellent job stepping up when Griffin went down just helping his team win," Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston said.
"He's been really solid the last couple of weeks as far as placement of the ball, understanding what's going on and has been real good in practice," coach Art Briles said. "With increased reps, I think his confidence and his anticipation skills have really gotten better. It was a good deal that happened, but surprised? I don't think so. I'm just glad we got the expected outcome."
On the other side of the ball, Baylor will have to try and slow down Jordan Shipley, who is averaging 116.7 yards receiving to rank fourth in the nation. Shipley caught 11 passes for a school-best 273 yards and a touchdown last weekend.
"He is the same whether he is catching the ball for 270 yards or didn't catch a ball the whole game," McCoy said. "That's the good thing about him. That is the kind of teammate he is and that's why everyone in the locker room has respect for him."
Posted: 11/10/09 2:20PM ET