Head coach Art Briles has transformed Baylor into an annual Big 12 title contender and the Baylor Bears really are a stacked team with another conference championship and a College Football Playoff berth within their sights.
Seth Russell is next in line at quarterback and the supporting cast is among the best in the nation with a strong receiving corps and solid offensive line. Expect lots of points from the Bears once again.
Baylor and TCU would be the class of the Big 12 once more and the Bears likely need certainly to win out to assure a playoff spot. With non-conference games against SMU, Lamar and Rice their schedule is the largest threat to Baylor’s College Football Playoff hopes. Can each goes undefeated and obtain playoff berth or will they leave it up to chance again by losing either to Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State or at TCU?
The Bears should roll through their non-conference schedule, and Texas Tech and Kansas will offer little resistance in the initial two Big 12 games. West Virginia can provide the largest test to date however the rebuilding Mountaineers must certainly be handled. The meat of the schedule comes over the ultimate five weeks with a trip to Fort Worth likely deciding the Big 12 champion. With three of these final five on the highway, I could see Baylor losing twice, with a defeat at TCU in a casino game that decides the Big 12 champion.
Art Briles has created a beast in Waco and the Bears, along side TCU, would be the team to beat in the Big 12. Baylor returns 18 starters but will undoubtedly be led by a new quarterback in Seth Russell. Briles has made the transition to a fresh signal-caller smooth previously and he’ll need to do it once again. As the offense has led the charge in Baylor’s meteoric rise and back-to-back Big 12 titles, the 2015 team will have to depend on a skilled defense being dominant.
While there’s some value with Baylor at +1861 to win the national championship, you’re counting on them winning at TCU to get involved with the CFP – that’s if they get that far without losing to K-State, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State in the three weeks prior. As much as I love Baylor, it’s hard to see them winning at TCU.
9/4: at SMU
9/12: vs. Lamar
9/26: vs. Rice
10/3: at Texas Tech
10/10: at Kansas
10/17: vs. West Virginia
10/24: vs. Iowa State
11/5: at Kansas State
11/14: vs. Oklahoma
11/21: at Oklahoma State
11/27: at TCU
12/5: vs. Texas