The Missouri Tigers (4-4 overall, 2-3 in Big 12 Conference play) continue a stretch of four straight games against league foes from the state of Texas, including a pair of road contests to start the swing. Saturday’s game is the back end of the road trip, against the Baylor Bears (4-3, 1-3). Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. (central time) in Waco, Texas, with the game being televised on FOX Sports Net.
   Mizzou is coming off a thrilling 38-31 overtime win at #16 Texas A&M last Saturday that was MU’s first road win at a ranked opponent since 1997 (W, 51-50 in 2 OT at #12 Oklahoma State that season). The Tigers did it in dramatic fashion, as they trailed by 14 points in the 2nd quarter, and stormed back from an 11-point 4th-quarter deficit – the 2nd-largest 4th-quarter deficit overcome in Mizzou history (13 points in 1949 vs. Nebraska is the standard for 4th-quarter comebacks).
   The Tigers ran for 284 yards against an Aggie defense which came into the game ranked 5th nationally against the run, allowing just 79.86 yards per game on the ground. The Big 12’s leading rusher, sophomore TB Henry Josey, scorched A&M for 162 yards on just 20 carries, for an average of 8.1 yards an attempt, and 1 TD, while QB James Franklin had 97 yards and 2 rushing scores of his own to go with 2 more TDs in the air and 198 passing yards.
   Mizzou’s defense was touched for 28 1st-half points by A&M, but it dug in and allowed only one field goal after halftime to help key the comeback. Mizzou forced 3 2nd-half Aggie turnovers, which were vital to the rally.
   The Tigers will look to win consecutive games for the first time this year, but they’ll be challenged by a Baylor team that is one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the nation. Led by one of the top trios of skill position players in the country, in QB Robert Griffin III, WR Kendall Wright and RB Terrance Ganaway, the Bears enter Saturday’s game as the nation’s 3rd-ranked offense, averaging 560.00 yards per game. Despite a 59-24 loss at Oklahoma State last Saturday, the Bears still rolled up a massive 622 yards of total offense, as missed scoring opportunities plagued them all day.
   Amazingly, every one of Baylor’s first eight possessions in the game ended in Oklahoma State territory, yet all they had to show for it was a 49-3 deficit that came about because of 3 lost fumbles (including one at the OSU 1-yardline), 2 interceptions thrown (including one at the OSU 5-yardline) and two which ended on downs (including one on the OSU 1-yardline). The Bears ended the game by scoring TDs on its final three possessions, but it was too little, too late.
   Much like Mizzou, Baylor has played a difficult conference schedule so far. The Bears’ 3 losses have all been on the road at Kansas State (L, 36-35), and at Texas A&M (L, 55-28) in addition to last week’s game at OSU. Baylor has also played Iowa State, and beat the Cyclones, 49-26 in Waco to round out their 1-3 Big 12 record. Mizzou has faced all 4 four opponents that Baylor has played, and MU’s mark against those common foes is 2-2.