The Baylor Bears are off to yet another fast start.
No matter what Art Briles‘ squad is doing, it’s operating at a breakneck pace. The Buffalo Bulls were the latest team to fall to the Bears’ overwhelming offense. Baylor racked up 669 total yards of offense on its way to a 63-21 victory.
Baylor’s win isn’t necessarily impressive nor is it the biggest story to come out of the game.
The Bears scored at least 69 points in four of their first five games last season. What the Bears are doing at the beginning of this season by beating opponents by a score of 178-27 isn’t impressive anymore.
The Bulls should actually be encouraged by their performance after the first two teams on Baylor’s schedule only managed six total points. Buffalo was able to move the ball and accumulated 394 yards of offense.
Baylor, meanwhile, will be content with the performance of their quarterback Bryce Petty, who is still dealing with a pair of cracked vertebrae in his lower back. Petty didn’t play last week against Northwestern State. The senior quarterback rebounded with a strong effort against the Bulls. Petty was 23-of-34 passing for 416 yards and four touchdowns.
Petty continues to benefit from Baylor’s talent at wide receiver. Three different targets had at least 123 receiving yards. Freshman K.D. Cannon stole the show with his 189-yard performance. Jay Lee added 136 yards, while Lynx Hawthorne accumulated 123 more.
But the problem for Baylor isn’t their travel plans as they return to Waco, Texas from Buffalo, N.Y. with an easy victory in hand. The Bears’ schedule continues to be a problem. A decisive win against the Bulls does very little to promote Baylor as one of the top programs in the nation.
But at this point Baylor’s nonconference sked is doing a disservice to what might be one of the best teams in the country.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 13, 2014
It’s only Sept. 12, yet Baylor is already trying to overcome the perception it doesn’t play anyone this season outside of the Big 12 Conference. And the program doesn’t.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 13, 2014
For the Bears to be in legitimate consideration as one of the four semi-finalists in the first College Football Playoff, they will have to run the table while continuing to win games in impressive fashion as they did against Buffalo.