Neither Landry Jones nor Brandon Weeden has been the Big 12's most impressive quarterback this season. That nod goes to Baylor's Robert Griffin.
Griffin this season has thrown 12 incompletions and 13 touchdown passes. You can look it up.
But Saturday, Griffin steps up in competition. For the first time this season, he plays outside Waco. For the first time season, he plays a non-Texas team. For the first time this season, he plays against Kansas State.
Bill Snyder's Wildcats are playing some defense. They staged a goal-line stand last week to save a 28-24 victory at Miami. K-State's defense was dominant in early victories over Eastern Kentucky and Kent State, which doesn't mean much. But then the ‘Cats held Miami to three first-half points and stopped the ‘Canes on four straight plays after first-and-goal from the KSU 2-yard line in the final two minutes.
“The last four snaps of the ballgame, we played as well as you can play,” Snyder said.
A game like that sends confidence soaring.
“Our backs are literally to a wall,” said KSU safety Tysyn Hartman. “We're hanging off a cliff. If we back up, they're scoring. You've got to just fight and claw and scratch and do whatever you've got to do to keep them out of the end zone.”
Keeping Baylor out of the end zone will be troublesome all game long. The Bears scored 50 points on TCU and 56 on Rice (and 48 on Stephen F. Austin in an abbreviated game).
Griffin has been sensational.
“It's a storybook beginning, and we're looking to continue it,” Griffin said. “We're having fun, but we're not so happy that we're going to let it slip away.”
Both teams are 3-0. Win this game, and Baylor could be 5-0 when it goes to College Station for a grudge game against Texas A&M. Win this game, and K-State would be 4-0 before hosting Missouri next week, then winnable road games at Texas Tech and Kansas.