The Bears came into the season with a chip on their shoulder. They were unranked and most “experts” thought they would be the 3rd best team in Texas. But now, they’re the only school in Texas with a legitimate chance to finish the season undefeated.
For as long as I can remember, the Baylor Bears were the red-headed stepchild of the Big XII and the Southwest Conference before that. Things have changed in Waco: a former Texas high school football coach, Art Briles, has taken this program to another level by producing a 10-win season and a Heisman winning quarterback, while breaking ground on a brand new state-of-art stadium during his short tenure on the Brazos.
Before the season, Art Briles set very lofty goals for his offense and his quarterback, saying that he expected both to be among the best in the country and become “legendary”. Most media outlets, thinking Briles was just a man from down South who’d open his mouth, and be sure to put his foot there, completely discounted these comments, but guess what? The Bears are averaging 70 points per game.
Now, some of you will argue – and make a legitimate case – that Baylor has had the ultimate “cream-puff” schedule thus far. I’m not here to disagree with you, because you’re right, they have. The only thing is, I don’t see a team on their schedule outside of Oklahoma that could beat them! So here it is, I proclaim them:
Official Status: Contender.
Texas isn’t **** without David Ash, and he may not be playing anymore this year. Okie State just dropped the ball as a 19-point favorite in Morgantown and got beat by their old OC, thank you very much. The Sooners are the biggest obstacle along the way for Baylor, but the Bears will head into that game undefeated with almost two weeks of preparation. It will most likely be the biggest game of this program’s recent history, and I expect them to perform well.
In actuality, Baylor’s weak schedule will probably help them. Unless they stub their toe along the way, the Bears could very easily be the last remaining undefeated team from an AQ conference at the end of the regular season. And oh by the way, they don’t have to play a conference championship game. I would not be shocked if the Bears backed their way into the BCS National Championship game, and in one game, anything can happen. That doesn’t make my long-shot future bet look so bad any more, now does it?!
Look for my picks – at least a few of them – to be published Thursday morning.
Until then, stay classy, win money, and abuse the card.
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