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The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Baylor University Football program got the right mindset with the hiring of former Temple head coach Matt Rhule to run their program.
Art Briles took the Baylor Bears to new heights but it came with a price, and he paid the price.
Baylor went 7-6 last season with an impressive bowl victory over Boise State and expectations are to get back to winning at least ten games.
The new McLane Stadium opened in 2014, and the culture in Waco is up in the air. Ruhle and his new staff want to restore order; it had plenty of scandals in the Briles era where coaches or players were held accountable for their actions.
There is plenty of talent to go around in the “LONE STAR STATE, ” and Ruhle knows how to tap into the pool.
The Bears began the 2016 season with a 6-0 start, but after the loss to Texas the wheels fell off.
Rhule will bring a strong sense of defense to compete and dominate with high powered Big Twelve offenses.
Baylor has a soft out of conference schedule with Liberty, Texas San Antonio, and Duke to open the season.
Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Texas visit Waco this season. Road trips to Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and TCU could determine what direction the program is going.
The 2017 Baylor Bears offense will be led by Sophomore signal caller Zach Smith.
Co Offensive Coordinators Glenn Thomas and Jeff Nixon will use more of a pro style offense, not the fun and gun of the Briles era. Smith threw for 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions in four late season starts in 2016.
Running Backs Terrence Williams (1,048) rushing yards and JaMycal Hasty (623) will take over for Shock Linwood. The tandem is one of the best in the Big Twelve Conference.
Wide Receiver Pooh Stricklin averaged 17.4 yards per catch last season returns with four other talented wideouts. They must replace KD Cannon and Ishmael Zamora who left early for the NFL.
Three starters including guard Ishmael Wilson returns on the offensive line. Baylor fans must get used to the new style of offense under the Rhule regime.
However, the coaching staff believes there is enough talent on offense to produce points at a high level.
The Baylor Bears defense has one of the best minds in College Football running the show. Phil Snow decided to join Rhule in Waco, and his presence will be felt immediately.
Senior linebacker Taylor Young is the leader of the unit, his 93 tackles, and 4 and a half quarterback sacks last year led the team.
Seven starters from the 2016 season must be replaced. Defensive End K.J. Smith showed signs of brilliance near the end last season and showed he could dominate in spring football.
Three sophomores including Jameson Houston will lead a talented secondary.
Snow understands what the climate is in the Big Twelve and believes his unit can defend offensive minds Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Tom Herman of Texas, Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech just to name a few.
Ruhle and Snow did a great job at Temple with limited talent on defense. There is no telling how great they can be at Baylor.
Bovada.Lv lists the Baylor Bears at +3,300 to win the 2017 Big Twelve Conference Championship.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Baylor Bears will go 7-5 and finish sixth in the Big Twelve Conference.
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