Baylor had never had a winning record in the Big 12 before Art Briles arrived six years ago. They are now Big 12 champs and headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
Baylor did not have a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived in 2008, winning three or fewer games nine times. Now, they’ll meet Central Florida in a BCS Bowl.
The Bears’ loss at Oklahoma State dropped them to ninth in the AP poll and BCS standings. Briles said Monday that his team has to learn from the loss.
With an offense on pace to set major college records at 61 points and 685 yards a game, the Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) are riding a school-best 13-game winning streak, have matched their highest-ever AP ranking and fourth in the BCS standings.
Briles told The Associated Press on Wednesday night he is really “humbled and blessed” by the new deal that goes into effect after this season.
While often overlooked because of all the outrageous numbers put up by their high-scoring offense, the fourth-ranked Bears also have the Big 12′s best defense.
When their fast-paced, high-scoring offense sputtered early, the fifth-ranked Bears’ largely overshadowed but consistently solid defense kept stopping No. 12 Oklahoma.
Baylor knew that they would be challenged after four lopsided games to start the season. Now that they have passed the test, they want to get back to their “normal pace.”
Baylor coach Art Briles knew that his team would be tested at some point his season. Things had been too easy for the No. 15 Bears during four lopsided home wins.
In the team’s first four games, the Baylor Bears (4-0) have scored 69, 70, 70 and 73 points. So is this the best offensive attack of Art Briles’ career at Baylor?
The Bears have the running back duo of Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, who combined for 1,901 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns last season.
Once again, the Baylor offense scored 50 points on an opponent. Once again, it wasn’t enough to win.