Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for College Football news and notes.
The (0-0) Baylor Bears of the Big-Twelve Conferences Division takes a trip to the “METROPLEX” for their 2015 season opener. Baylor will take on the (0-0) SMU Mustangs of the American Athletic Conference West Division in College Football action. The games will take place at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Baylor Bears are seeking their third consecutive Big-12 title. There have been obstacles in the way and head coach Art Briles must stay the course. The SMU football program is trying to rebound from a disastrous 2014 campaign. The opening betting line has SMU as a thirty-seven and a half point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 73′-points for Friday’s game. Read more on our Michigan at Utah week-one write-up.
The 2015 Baylor Bears will replace departed quarterback Bryce Petty with junior Seth Russell. Russell has a good mindset, a quick set of feet and a strong arm. Russell should gain confidence with an easy non-conference schedule. Head Coach Art Briles though the Bears should have gotten into the inaugural BCS playoffs. Briles stomped his feet and complained, but it didn’t work. The Bears lost their bowl game to Michigan State, which ended his argument. The Baylor Bears head into the season with their highest preseason ranking in the history of the Institute. Baylor returns every starter on both the offensive and defensive line from last season’s squad. The turmoil that surrounded Briles with Boise State transfer Sam Ukwuachu is on hold for now. The university has hired a law firm to represent Briles. The Bears begin their second season in their McLane Stadium next Saturday against Lamar. A look at Friday’s contest that should not even be close, which could easily come back and haunt the Bears.
The SMU Mustangs dropped their first eleven games last season but avoided a winless season with a road win vs. Connecticut. First-year head coach Chad Morris knows his team will struggle at times in 2015. Morris has also stated he expects nothing less than a bowl appearance this season. SMU has access to some of the best high school talent in the land. North Texas is a recruiting “GOLD MINE” and it’s up to the coaching staff to land top recruits. The Mustangs have six true freshman and seven redshirts. The new coaching staff has not watched film from last season, they want to give players a fresh start. The Mustangs are an overwhelming underdog Friday and were shutout against Baylor last year. Morris has a long term goal at SMU and that is to become AAC champions. First things first the Mustangs want to be competitive this season. The SMU Mustangs offense will be led by junior quarterback Matt Davis, but Morris won;t hesitate to make change.
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