It's finally time for the rematch we've been waited for all season long. From an entertainment standpoint, there might be no topping the 61-58 slugfest between Baylor and TCU in 2014. But the latest round of great Revivalry (6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN) still has a chance to be one of the top games in the Big 12 for 2015.
Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson break down the matchup:
How Baylor can control the game: Stops. Simple as that. Baylor’s defense must try to set the tone early by getting Trevone Boykin off the field before he heats up. Forcing punts -- Oklahoma State had to boot 10 against BU last week -- is a priority, because the Bears can’t fall behind big early and ask Chris Johnson to play hero ball in his first career start. How Kendal Briles’ play calling sets Johnson up to succeed will be interesting to watch, but what kind of answers will Baylor DC Phil Bennett have for the Horned Frogs? -- Olson
How TCU can pull off the upset: A productive Boykin would be a great first step. The Horned Frogs quarterback remains banged up but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a solid showing against the Bears. Boykin aside, TCU will need one of its best performances of the season on both sides of the ball and take advantage of Johnson’s inexperienced in leading Baylor’s offense. If Gary Patterson’s defense can force some mistakes by the Bears quarterback, it could completely change the game. -- Chatmon
Baylor’s X factor: The health of Shock Linwood and the production of his backups. The Big 12’s leading rusher has rarely missed time -- he’s played in 35 of Baylor’s last 36 games -- but is battling knee and ankle issues that make him “very questionable” to play. Whether Linwood gives it a go or not, can fellow backs Devin Chafin and Johnny Jefferson step up and help take pressure off Johnson? -- Olson
TCU's X factor: KaVontae Turpin has been a big-play guy for the Horned Frogs' offense and could be a game-changer against Baylor. The true freshman has averaged 13.2 yards per touch from the line of scrimmage and had a punt return for a touchdown against Kansas. With Josh Doctson out and Boykin at less than 100 percent, TCU could need a big play on offense and special teams from its top big-play threat. -- Chatmon
What a win would mean for the Bears: We won’t know for sure until Bedlam is decided on Saturday night. Baylor’s Big 12 title and College Football Playoff hopes are dead if Oklahoma prevails. But regardless, you know these Bears would certainly savor another win over TCU. A victory Friday means Art Briles has bested Patterson in four of their last five meetings. It’d be a critical road win, a win over a top-20 opponent and win over a hated rival. -- Olson
What a win would mean for the Horned Frogs: A win could put TCU back into the conversation for a New Year’s Six bowl. After all, a win over No. 7 Baylor and a 10-win season despite the rash of injuries builds a pretty strong résumé. Even if the committee doesn’t appreciate a 10-2 final record, the Horned Frogs will be able to take pride in back-to-back double-digit win seasons after a 4-8 record in 2013. -- Chatmon