Game-By-Game Predictions for Baylor's 2014 Season
Bryce Petty and company reeled off nine straight wins to start the season before suffering their first loss against Oklahoma State.
Needless to say, it was a magical season for the Bears. They made won the Big 12 regular season title, made it to a BCS bowl game, and scored at least 59 points in seven games.
Now the question is whether or not Baylor can continue its success from a year ago. The offense should be just fine with Petty returning under center and several playmakers at receiver. Defensively, the Bears will have a bit of work to do, but again, if they can score a lot of points, it may not matter how good the defense is overall.
Can Baylor run through the Big 12 like it did last year and make it to the first ever College Football Playoff? Let's look at the schedule and make predictions as to how things will shake out in Waco next season.
8/31/14 - vs. SMU (WIN)
While the Mustangs like to score points in a hurry, they won't be able to put up as many as Baylor. Expect there to be little defense on display in this game.
9/6/14 - vs. Northwestern State (WIN)
In terms of point totals, Baylor scored 69, 70, and 70 against its three non-conference opponents last season. There's a good chance the Bears will go for 60-plus against SMU, and a 70-spot against the Demons isn't out of the question.
9/12/14 - at Buffalo (WIN)
Buffalo was one of the victims of the 70-point barrage, although the Bulls may fare a little better at home. Still, this game won't be close.
9/27/14 - at Iowa State (WIN)
Baylor led this game 64-0 in the fourth quarter last year before wrapping up the drubbing with a 71-7 victory. I can't see this game being that out of hand this year, but the result should be the same since Iowa State's defense won't be able to slow down this Baylor attack.
10/4/14 - at Texas (WIN)
Charlie Strong will be looking for his first signature win as head coach of the Longhorns, and there's no doubt that this game will go down to the wire. Texas has just as much talent as Baylor, but I'm not sure that the Longhorn offense can score enough points here. The Bears squeak one out.
10/11/14 - vs. TCU (WIN)
A week after winning in Austin, the Bears will keep the train rolling by beating an improved TCU team that may still struggle a bit in the Big 12 next season.
10/18/14 - at West Virginia (WIN)
The Bears scored a season-high 73 points against the Mountaineers last year, but surely West Virginia won't give up that many on its home field, right? Probably not, however, Baylor will do more than enough to walk out with a comfortable victory.
11/1/14 - vs. Kansas (WIN)
Poor Jayhawk fans. Kansas just isn't going to have the horses to compete in the Big 12 race, and a lot of games won't be pretty at all. This will be one of them.
11/8/14 - at Oklahoma (LOSS)
This is probably the game that decides the Big 12 winner, and Oklahoma getting the game in Norman is a huge advantage. Baylor decimated the Sooners a year ago, but my guess is that Oklahoma will have revenge on the mind. In a battle of undefeated teams, the Sooners stay perfect.
11/22/14 - vs. Oklahoma State (WIN)
The problem for Oklahoma State in this game is that it comes a week after a big matchup with Texas. The Cowboys have a brutal stretch to end the season, and they won't have enough to upset the Bears like they did last year.
11/29/14 - vs. Texas Tech (WIN)
Texas Tech looked like world-beaters after a great start in 2013, but then it lost its final five games of the regular season. Baylor is going to be the better team and it'll have more offensive firepower en route to the win.
12/6/14 - vs. Kansas State (WIN)
Will Kansas State compete for the Big 12 crown? No, but the Wildcats will still give opponents all they can handle. This may be a bit tougher than most expect it to be. Luckily, Baylor has the talent to overcome it and cap off a second straight one-loss season.
Baylor 2014 Projected Record: 11-1 (8-1)
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