Keys to the Game: Texas vs. Baylor

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Freshman running back Chris Warren takes a handoff from junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Warren ran for 276 yards and four touchdowns in his freshman starting debut.
Photo Credit: Ellyn Snider | Daily Texan Staff

YOUNG PLAYERS NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT

Freshman running back Chris Warren made a statement against Texas Tech. He ran 25 times for 276 yards and four touchdowns in the absence of running backs sophomore D’Onta Foreman and senior Johnathan Gray.

Not everyone is going to perform like Warren did, but seeing some of the young players have a big day would be a nice lead-in to 2016. Freshman wide receiver John Burt could show that Texas might actually have a future in the passing game.

Whether redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard actually plays remains to be seen, but if he does, a big game could do wonders for his confidence heading into next season. 

BE PREPARED FOR AN ANGRY BAYLOR TEAM

Nothing has gone right for Baylor over the past few weeks. It lost junior quarterback Seth Russell for the season, paving the way for freshman Jarrett Stidham to take the reins under center.

 Then the Bears lost to Oklahoma, putting a dent in their Big 12 title chances. In the process, they lost Stidham to a neck injury and turned to redshirt sophomore Chris Johnson at quarterback. The final nail in the coffin came when Baylor lost to rival TCU in double-overtime in Fort Worth while Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State, ending the Bears’ Big 12 chances. 

Texas needs to be ready for a Baylor team with a chip on its shoulder. The Bears were Big 12 contenders, and it just didn’t go their way. There’s no doubt they’ll want to end the 2015 regular season with a bang.

FINAL GAME

This will be the Longhorns’ final game of 2015 since they aren’t bowl eligible. Texas needs to play for pride and try to put on a show. The Longhorns have nothing to lose, so why not try to make things exciting for the last game?