Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Coach Art Briles has restored the Baylor Football program to national prominence. The Bears went 11-2 last season, 8-1 in Big-Twelve Conference play. Baylor lost to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl Classic last season. Baylor has seventeen starters back in 2015 and should again compete for a BCA playoff birth. Briles enters his 8th season at the institute with a 55-34 overall record. The Baylor Bears plays home games at the brand new 55,000 seat McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.
Junior Seth Russell takes over at quarterback for the Baylor Bears offense in 2015. Russell adds a dimension of speed to the position that Bryce Petty didn’t have. Wideout Corey Coleman (1,119) receiving yards is the main target in the passing game. There are others at the position who could have a big year. Running back Shock Linwood (1,252) rushing yards will get the majority of carries this season. Johnny Jefferson and Devin Chafin will also get to carry the football in the high-powered offense. All five starters of the offensive line return, led by All-American left tackle Spencer Drango. The Baylor Bears will again have one of the most potent passing attacks in the nation. The Baylor Bears went 7-5-1 on Free NCAA Football ATS Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total five.
*The Baylor offense put up an average of 581.5 yards per game, 1st in the FBS.
*Baylor went 4-3 Against The Spread at home in 2014.
*The Bears were 3-2-1 on the road.
*The betting odds total went 5-2 in Waco.
*Baylor went over the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Bears stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Bears, passing game was 4th nationally, averaging 365.9 yards per contest throwing the Football.
*Baylor put up 48.2 ppg, 1st in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Bears running game was 29th in Colege Football, rushing for 215.5 yards per game.
Nine starters return to the Baylor defense. The headliner is senior Shawn Oakman (11) sacks who decided to return instead of declaring for the NFL draft. The entire defensive line is back for the 2015 season. Baylor’s leading tackler Taylor Young leads a talented group of linebackers. All-Conference safety Orion Stewart is the big hitter in the secondary. Cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Ryan Reid have capable backups to help a unit that struggled last season.
*The Baylor defense allowed 381.8 per contest last season, 51st in the nation.
*The Bears pass defense ranked 110th in the FBS, giving up and average of 264.2 yards per game through the air.
*Baylor gave up 25.5 ppg last season, 49th in College Football.
*The Baylor runs defense was 16th in the NCAA Football landscape giving up 117.7 yards per contest.
*Baylor has a soft non-conference schedule.
*Baylor will host West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas in conference action.
Bovada lists the Baylor Bears at over/under ten wins in 2015.