As for the No. 5 Bears having to depend on their running game, needing some big special teams plays and scoring only half their previous season average in a grind-it-out 28-7 win at Texas, that doesn’t bother Briles, either.
The Texas-Oklahoma game is typically a bellwether matchup for the Big 12 title race. It’s not even the biggest game in Texas this weekend.
No. 7 Baylor overcame a rare off day by quarterback Bryce Petty and the nation’s No. 1 offense to beat Texas 28-7
In his first season in the Big 12, new Texas coach Charlie Strong seems to have accepted his role as underdog this week against No. 7 Baylor.
Baylor easily got through its nonconference schedule with three lopsided victories in 13 days before taking a break.
The preliminaries are almost done in the Big 12, with the Red Raiders and Longhorns among seven teams that have already completed their non-conference schedules only three Saturdays into September.
Conference play will begin picking up this week, but there will also be some key non-conference match-ups as well. Defending SEC champion Auburn heads to Kansas State for a Thursday night match-up. This could be the Big 12’s last chance to leave a huge impression on the selection committee.
Quarterback Seth Russell, filling in for injured senior starter Bryce Petty, threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns. Freshman KD Cannon had 223 yards receiving and three scores for a team missing three senior receivers.
Baylor coach Art Briles prefers to avoid certain labels for players not necessarily considered first-teamers in the eighth-ranked Bears’ fast-paced, big-play offense.
June Jones resigned as SMU’s coach Monday after the Mustangs scored only one touchdown in losing their first games.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty could be watching from the sideline with his top receivers Saturday night as the Bears welcome the Northwestern State Demons.
Baylor coach Art Briles knows his young talent on offense is getting some valuable early experience.