Rising Expectations on the Brazos

Art Briles took over at Baylor in 2008 and all it took was two years before he had Baylor back into a bowl game. And since 2010 Baylor has gone to three straight bowl games, winning the last two in row. And to top it off, they had a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and first round draft pick in Robert Griffin III. But Briles has done more than just three bowl games and a Heisman winner; he has changed the culture on the Brazos and made Baylor a destination for recruits, not a “last option”. Baylor may not be a team that can win the conference, but they can play spoiler and look to improve on last year’s 8-5 record.

Joey Florence took the reigns over from “RG3”, and did a good job, this year it is Junior Bryce Petty’s turn to take over the Baylor offense. And he has been talked about as the next big thing at Baylor. But he will still have big shoes to fill coming in behind “RG3” and Florence. Petty will have an advantage because the Baylor system is pretty consistent and he seems to fit the mold really well. Don’t be surprised if you see the offense rely heavily on the running game at the start of the year to give Petty time to get his feet wet. Expect Oregon transfer Lache Seastrunk to be ready to carry the load when the time comes. Once Petty gets into a groove, then look for him to be hitting his downfield weapons which include senior tight end Jordan Navar and senior wide receiver Tevin Reese.

Overall the offense is a less experienced unit, but I would expect them to be explosive at times. One key to the offense is how well the offensive line will hold up and give Petty time to survey the field, or give Seastrunk the room to get up field. This won’t be the best offense Baylor has put on the field recently, but they will be able to hold their own and keep games closer than the opponent would like.

Defense for Baylor will be the biggest question, while overall there is some experience on the defensive side of the ball, they will have a mighty big task trying to keep offenses of the Big XII from running free. The Defensive line and defensive backs will be the biggest question marks as they show little to no improvement from last year and could be troublesome during conference play. The line backing corps looks to be the strongest unit and if the line can get a push, then look for the linebackers to be in position to make plays. Otherwise the defensive side of the ball could be an adventure this year for Baylor.

Regardless of what happens this season, there is one thing that will hold true for the Baylor Bears, Art Briles knows how to get the most out of his teams and has been a proven winner at his two stops in college football. Art Briles will lead the Baylor Bears to another winning record, and lead them to another bowl game. Along the way Baylor will scare some of the top teams and may even surprise a couple of them for wins that weren’t really expected. Either way, the Bears will have excitement reaching an all time high on the Brazos.

8/31- Wofford – W
9/7- Buffalo – W
9/21- Louisiana Monroe – W
10/5- West Virginia – L
10/12- At Kansas St. – W
10/19- Iowa St.(HC) – W
10/26- At Kansas – W
11/7- Oklahoma – L
11/16- Texas Tech – W
11/23- At Oklahoma St – L
11/30- At TCU – L
12/7- Texas – L
2013 Record: 7-5

3 thoughts on “Rising Expectations on the Brazos

  1. Good story Kody. Enjoyed the story and agree they can be a spoiler for a lot of teams. Briles is a great coach.

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