Baylor hoping to send a shock wave across the state with win over McCallie
"It bothers me a lot. It's kept me up at night for a few years now," Baylor lineman Seth Johnson said.
"I know everyone's got a chip on their shoulder and we're ready to make a big splash in a big way," Baylor linebacker Noah Martin said.
What better way to make a splash then to knock off the top team in the state. The same team that just so happens to be your biggest rival.
"Give credit where credit is due, they earned it. You know, but, I don't mind being the underdog. I just want to prove everybody wrong. That's what we've been doing all season," Martin said.
There's no doubt about it, the Baylor Red Raiders are off to their best 5-0 start since 2014, flying a bit under the radar, but just where they want to be, in a position to earn a little respect.
“We're 2-0 in league play. We're averaging as many, if not, more points than them. It's going to be a good game, top five matchup, but, yeah, I think we're the underdog going into it and I'm okay with that,” Johnson said.
"It definitely would be a big shot in the arm if we did. Especially with the exposure across the state, the respect across the state, that our kids think we deserve at this point," Baylor head coach Phil Massey said.
They feel they deserve it because of their hard work. Two road league games, two wins. A McCallie team they haven't beat in four years, the result remains to be seen, but the Red Raiders are not backing down.
"I'm ready to outwork McCallie too. I feel like they're coming in a little confident, but I think we're more confident, we're more ready, and I’m just ready to get on that field," Martin said.