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No offensive drop in Baylor’s blowout win over SMU

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It’s not that Baylor just lost Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III. The Bears are moving forward without leading rusher Terrance Ganaway and leading receiver Kendall Wright. Add in Baylor’s defensive woes last season and we thought Art Biles was going to have a rebuilding year in Waco.

That might still be the case — it’s just Week 1 — but Baylor showed no signs of slowing down from a 10-win season last year in a 59-24 debut over SMU Sunday night.

Nick Florence, RGIII’s successor, was sharp against the Mustangs, throwing for 341 yards and four touchdowns. And what about the departures of Ganaway and Wright? Say hello to Jared Salubi and Tarrence Williams. Depth at the running back and wide receiver position is a luxury for the Bears this year, especially with the arrivals of Darryl Stonum and Lache Seastrunk from Michigan and Oregon, respectively.

Baylor’s defense still gave up some yards to SMU and Texas transfer Garrett Gilbert (34-of-59, 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions), but was able to force enough turnovers to get the game out of hand early. The Big 12 isn’t a conference that plays great defense so it’s not necessary to win a league title, but if the Bears can continue to force turnovers like they did tonight, they can be a an upper-tier Big 12 team.

This game was never in doubt in terms of the better team, but Baylor was impressive and could be the most underrated team in the Big 12 this season.

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5 Responses to “No offensive drop in Baylor’s blowout win over SMU”
  1. normtide says: Sep 2, 2012 11:14 PM

    I would like to buy into the baylor hype, but it is hard to erase a lifetime of baylor football with one season. They fit into the vandy scenario to me: I have to see you play good ball two years in a row before I am onboard.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2012 2:10 AM

    This flies in the face of what the “experts” were predicting and the pre-season popularity polls. Normtide said it correctly…at least “two years in a row.” The lack of defense may come back to bite them, but probably not in the defense less Big 12.

    All the fans who boast their team has scheduled Notre Dame and SMU apparently think these two teams are among the best teams this year. Yeah, and I have some desert land I want to sell you in south Louisiana.

  3. jbones77 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:46 AM

    Who was “boasting” about having SMU on the schedule? And there hasn’t been any Baylor hype. Everyone has said there’s going to be a drop off from last year. There has to be. But this is still going to be a 7 win team, maybe 8 if the defense improves at all. And for a school like Baylor, that’s pretty good.

  4. artisan3m says: Sep 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    True ~ RGIII, Ganaway, and Wright are gone. So are some key O-and-D line anchors. But Art Briles has not gone and he is the key ingredient in the recipe. Briles is an offensive genius, recruits as well as anyone, and is building a legacy. If the Bears have another 10 win season, I doubt Baylor can count on Briles being the coach for their inaugural game at the new stadium. His stock will just be too high and a national championship is a dream that Baylor can never achieve. But then again ~ a Baylor player could never win a Heisman, either. Could he?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:27 PM

    It’s too bad that Garrett has no confidence thanks to Greg Davis play calling when at Texas.

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