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TCU OPPONENT PREVIEW: Baylor Bears

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

At long last– football season is upon us.  In mere days the Frogs travel to Waco to face the Bears in the last of a four-game series that begin in 2006.  Baylor is 0-3 so far in the series; below the jump is a position-by-position analysis of the 2011 Bears, including the Purple Wimple prediction for the game.

BAYLOR SET 55 OFFENSIVE school records last year, among them total offense (6,179 yards), passing yards (3,649), yards-per-rush (a very respectable 5.4) and total points (405).  Much of the machinery for that record-setting offense returns, giving it more than a leg up on the defense, which is not only learning new schemes, but replacing six of its top seven tacklers. (more…)

Baylor 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am

All eyes will be on the defense, whose new mastermind is Phil Bennett, ex-SMU head coach, via a successful stint running Pitt’s defense.  Wacoans are on the bandwagon.  “Phil knows how he wants to coach and how to get it done,” head coach Art Briles said,

Phil Bennett takes the reins of the miserable Baylor defense.

not intending to up the pressure on his newest best friend in any way, surely.  Bennett inherits a defense that was, simply put, bad.  From 2009 to 2010, it got even worse in four of the seven defense statistical categories measured by the NCAA—pass defense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense, and total defense.  In other words, your humble Wimple could have passed successfully against the Bears.  The improved categories?  In only one did the Bears improve to top 80th nationally— Baylor had the 79th best rush defense.  The weight of this legacy is not lost in Waco.  Bennett said, “I asked one of the kids if he had played on a great defense while he’s been at Baylor, and he said, ‘No.’” (more…)