Baylor Bears Football Season Preview History
2014 Baylor Football Preview:
In just a few short years, Art Briles has turned Baylor into the class of the Big 12. The Bears beat both Texas, and Oklahoma in 2013, in route to their first conference championship since the breakup of the Southwest Conference. This success on the field when combined with the opening of the brand new McLane Stadium has the energy in Waco as high as it has ever been. The Bears lost some star talent to the NFL draft last season including running back Lache Seastrunk, safety Ahmad Dixon, and guard Cyril Richardson. But don’t expect the high flying Baylor offense to miss a beat in 2014, with outstanding quarterback Bryce Petty returning and talented freshmen receivers KD Cannon and Davion Hall poised to make names for themselves. The Bears will have a tough road schedule in the Big 12, traveling to Norman, Austin, and Morgantown. Look for Baylor to continue on its upward trend and for them to be in the thick of the Big 12 title race at the end of the season.
2013 Baylor Football Preview:
The Baylor Bears lost Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright after the 2011 season, but the offense didn’t miss a beat in 2012. Baylor finished second in all of college football in yards per game and averaged nearly 45 points a game. More of the same should be expected for Art Briles’ squad. Bryce Petty looks ready to take the reigns as the starting quarterback, but the success on offense will be tied directly to running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. The junior Seastrunk averaged an astonishing 7.7 yards per carry while the senior Martin scored 15 touchdowns last season.
With a veteran receiving core and a talented offensive line, the Baylor Bears will once again rank near the top of all the offensive categories in college football. Floyd Casey Stadium will host West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas in 2013.
2011 Baylor Football Preview:
After years of being perpetual also-rans in the Big 12, the Baylor Bears’ head coach Art Briles performed what many around the conference thought was a minor miracle—he led the Bears to a national ranking, winning record and a bowl berth. Although they lost to Illinois in the Texas Bowl, Briles is looking to build on that momentum and bring Baylor’s football program to the level of many other Texas FBS schools like UT and Texas A&M.
Many say that wave of success will ride on the heels of the Bears’ quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Griffin, who as a sophomore has already captured most of the school records, is looking to build beyond his gaudy numbers during his junior year. He will have to lead the team now that his spectacular backfield option Jay Finley is now playing Sundays in Cincinnati. The empty backfield is still looking for its star, with junior Jarred Salubi and senior Terrance Ganaway leading the pack. Luckily for Griffin, his star wide-out is still around. Two-time All-Big 12 selection Kendall Wright is back in Waco, and looking to improve on his record-setting 2010, along with sophomore Tevin Reese and junior Josh Gordon rounding out the receivers.
Defensively, the Bears are trying to catch-up to their offensive brethren. Many are pointing to that side of the ball, and its 188 points allowed during a four-game slide to end the season, as to why the Bears didn’t win more last year. Phil Bennett, who had been at Pittsburgh and SMU before, is the new defensive coordinator, and he’s looking to remake the unit from the ground up.
2010 Baylor Football Preview:
Many Baylor fans have hailed redshirt sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin as the man who will bring the Bears to their first bowl games in 16 years. All that hope went out the window in 2009 when Griffin tore his ACL in the third game of the year and the team stumbled to a 4-8 record and a last place finish in the Big 12 South.
Griffin is back from injury and will be looking live up to the expectations of his freshman year. He can both run and throw exceptionally well and the Bears have an offensive line who should provide him with plenty of protection. There are question marks at running back as senior Jay Finley was limited last year and there is inexperience at the wide receiver positions.
Baylor will have to improve dramatically on defense that ranked last in the conference in rushing yards per game last year and their 405.6 yards per game landed them in 10th. However, that will be tough as all-american linebacker Joe Pawelek and standout safety Jordan Lake both graduated.
Although Griffin's return is good news for the offense, the uncertainty on defense makes it difficult to believe the Bears will legitimately contend for the Big 12 South. However, an easy non-conference schedule with Sam Houston State and Rice could propel them into their first bowl game since 1994.
2009 Baylor Football Preview:
Head Coach: Art Briles
The Baylor Bears are a dark horse contender for the Big 12 Championship heading into the 2009 college football season. Baylor Head Coach Art Briles and star quarterback Robert Griffin lead a talented Bears team that should make life difficult for opponents. If Baylor can overcome a tough B12 South Division schedule that includes top 10 teams Oklahoma & Texas, then this could be a dream season for Bears.
2008 Baylor Football Preview:
Head Coach: Art Briles
The Baylor Bears football team plays exciting football in one of the very toughest conferences in the nation, the Big 12 Conference. With a new coach this coming season in Art Briles, the Bears will look to improve their performance in the Big 12 South division and hope to play for a bowl bid in 2008. Floyd Casey Stadium will be teeming with Baylor fans hoping to knock off their division rivals in Texas and Texas A&M.