Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/13
The MachineLet’s slow down on anointing the Baylor Bear offense unstoppable. The numbers are inconceivable. The Bears are averaging over two yards per play (9.84) more than the 3rd ranked offense in the nation, the Washington Huskies. This unit is also averaging 69.7 points per game, and quarterback Bryce Petty leads the nation in QBR, while running back Lache Seastrunk is averaging over 11 yards per rushing attempt.It is hard to fathom the unit is ahead of the high-octane Oregon Ducks in every offensive category (even total plays) except rushing yards, but take a moment to review the competition.The Wofford Terriers may have been the #9 team in the final Sports Network Poll, but the FCS program was no match for the speed of Baylor. The Buffalo Bulls currently sit 124th nationally in total defense, and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank 100th. These are not stout defenses by any means. November will be the test to see where this team stands in the Big 12.Jake Heaps ImprovingThe Kansas Jayhawks finally took down its first FBS team in 23 attempts, and have doubled their win total from 2012, but where is this offense headed? The Jayhawks were dominated up front. James Sims was held to just 78 yards on 20 attempts. Quarterback Jake Heaps came through in the clutch with a TD pass to tie the game in the forth quarter.If this team can’t establish a run game, then it will have to rely on Heaps. He took a step forward against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, but still threw two picks, boosting his season total to four. His accuracy must improve, currently at 54%, and will have to push the ball downfield to put up more than 19 points a game to even have a prayer in the Big 12.QB Panic in MorgantownWell that was painful, wasn’t it? The West Virginia Mountaineers suffered their first shutout in 12 years to the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. This offense has been bad, well, an abomination seems more fitting. Against AQ teams (Oklahoma & Maryland) WVU has only scored seven points. Moving the ball has been a huge issue as the offense has only converted 28.85% of third down attempts.Ford Childress looked like a super hero here to save the day against the Georgia State Panthers, but after throwing for just 62 yards, giving up a pick-six and setting up Maryland for another seven points with an INT at his own 6-yard line and a fumble, the honeymoon is over.For The Night Is Dark and Full Of TerrorsThe Texas Longhorns may have finally beaten the Kansas State Wildcats in front of their home crowd, but has the black cloud that hangs over head coach Mack Brown’s head dissolved? Let’s positively note the Horns were able to hold K-State to just 115 yards on the ground, but the Cats haven’t been a force on the ground against any defense of note this season. So how much stock can we put in a team that only racked up 41 rushing yards against the FCS power North Dakota State Bison?Even FCS school Ferris State ran for more yards against the Bison than KSU.Injuries have begun to plague this team. The season ending Achilles injury to LB Jordan Hicks has just added to the early season list. QB David Ash (head) left the game early and RB Daje Johnson, WR Mike Davis and OT Josh Cochran didn’t play, but the burnt orange still came out victorious. However, it just seems like nothing but darkness will hang over this team all year with the news of Hicks coming after a much needed win.Who Is the Quarterback?So, true freshman QB Baker Mayfield was the answer early in the season, but after going down with a deep thigh bruise was replaced by Davis Webb. Then, Webb leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a win over the TCU Horned Frogs. After that, Mayfield gets the call for Saturday’s game against the Texas State Bobcats, gets pulled due to a stagnant offense, then Webb again replaces Mayfield, and only completes 19 out of 43 passes.Maybe the Red Raiders can keep killing time until Michael Brewer is ready, but the rotating QBs formula won’t work well if neither can accurately throw the ball, or help produce points at the same time.
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