Staff Picks: Baylor Bears

Sep 28, 2019; Waco, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones offensive lineman Trevor Downing (52) blocks Baylor Bears defensive end Niadre Zouzoua (97) during the first half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 27, Baylor 17

Because of the combination of Baylor’s butter-soft schedule thus far and Iowa State’s annual slow start / steady climb heading into October, I like the Cyclones in this one. However, I have been warning fans for a month about the tricky “spot” Iowa State is in here. It is a critical contest for the Cyclones though, who get Kansas next week.

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa State 24, Baylor 17

After a back-and-forth first half, Iowa State dominates the third quarter on both sides of the ball to build a two-score lead before Baylor shortens the deficit late in the fourth when it is too late.

Rob Gray, Senior Writer – Iowa State 28, Baylor 20

The Bears have racked up Art Briles-era offensive numbers through the first three games, but it’s mostly fool’s gold. Yes, they have some dynamic playmakers at the skill positions as always, but ISU’s front seven should win up front where it counts. The offense will be good enough — and Breece Hall’s school record rushing TD string will be extended to 16 games. Expect a solid day from Brock Purdy, as well, along with a win to open Big 12 play.

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 30, Baylor 16

Some may question me for lack of prep for the Baylor game on this weeks FART. You shouldn’t. Baylor can pound sand. Cyclones win with a top ten performance.

Bret Meyer, Football Analyst – Iowa State 28, Baylor 10

The 3-0 Baylor Bears have played arguably the easiest Power 5 schedule to date. Our defense continues to dominate and Brock has a big day through the air.

Todd Blythe, Football Analyst – Iowa State 28, Baylor 24

Baylor is the worst. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.