Know Thy Enemy: Baylor Mike Tufano December 1, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULESMU 0 Baylor 45Northwestern State 6 Baylor 70Baylor 63 Buffalo 21Baylor 49 Iowa State 28Baylor 28 Texas 7TCU 58 Baylor 61Baylor 27 West Virginia 41Kansas 14 Baylor 60Baylor 48 Oklahoma 14Oklahoma State 28 Baylor 49Texas Tech 46 Baylor 4812/6 K-STATE BAYLOR BEARS 10-1 (7-1 Big 12) Location: Waco, Texas Enrollment: 15,364 Colors: Green and Gold Stadium: McLane Stadium (45,000) 2013 Overall Record: 11-2 (8-1 / 1st in Big 12) Postseason: Fiesta Bowl All time series: K-State leads 7-4 Last Meeting: Baylor 35 K-State 25 (10/12/13) Current Streak: Baylor won last 2 (2012-13) Twitter: @BaylorAthletics, @BUFootball Head Coach Art Briles Head Coach: Art Briles Overall Record (Yrs): 88-61 (12th) Record at School: 54-33 (7th) Record vs. K-State: 3-1 Salary: $4.2 million If Dana Holgersen is the crazy guy in the Big 12, Art Briles is the gun firin’ boot wearin’ church goin’ Texan. Ok, I don’t know if he does all that stuff, but he wears his Texan pride well, and sometimes talks like the rich Texan from the Simpsons. Just this Saturday he was quoted as saying, “I’ll fight a man with three children and a nice house any day over a man that’s living out of a car.” No one knows what it means or why he said it, but it certainly sounds Texan. Briles played his college ball at Houston, and transferred to finish his degree at Texas Tech. After a 20 year high school coaching career in which he became a legendary high school coach in the state of Texas, he coached running backs at Tech and then took over the head coaching duties at Houston for Dana Dimel. Briles took over a Baylor program that had been horrible since joining the Big 12 and took them to their first bowl game in 15 years in his 3rd year. Since then they’ve continued to be at or near the top of the conference under Art Briles’s offense, including the 2013 Big 12 championship. Senior QB Bryce Petty Bear Offense Passing Offense: 340.2 yds/game (6th in FBS) Rushing Offense: 240.9 yds/game (20th in FBS) Scoring Offense: 49.8 (1st in FBS) Good luck with that… As we’re used to seeing, Baylor’s offense is ridiculous. Those numbers above are pretty scary. West Virginia is the only team that has held them under 48 points all year. We watched them develop last season into a well balanced offense, and that has continued. Known as a passing offense, once again they’re actually running the ball more often than throwing it (about 56% of the plays from scrimmage). Try to stop the run and they’ll throw all over you. Drop back to defend the pass and they’ll just run it up the middle all day long. Bryce Petty’s head Baylor’s offense has a way of creating start quarterbacks. Their current star left Saturday’s game against Texas Tech with a concussion. Most media outlets are currently reporting that he’ll play on Saturday, but that’s based on him saying he’ll be fine. What player ever said, “No, I expect to still have concussion symptoms next week.” Of course he’ll do everything he can to be out there on his senior day against K-State, but it’s not really up to him. Seth Russell is a very capable, but fairly inexperienced backup. A replacement for Seastrunk? Shocking. Shock Linwood is ridiculously good. He’s a very different type of runner than Lache Seastrunk was a year ago. He’s smaller and quicker, and powerful enough to drag everyone along with him. Now in his sophomore season, he’s carried the load in the running game, and now has 222 carries for 1,135 yards. Senior LB Bryce Hager Bear Defense Passing defense: 256.4 yds/game (103rd in FBS) Rushing defense: 108.1 yds/game (10th in FBS) Points against: 23.9 yds/game (40th in FBS) Pass it, then. How good is Baylor against the run? Really, really good. Shawn Oakman leads their defensive line, and overall they average about 4 1/2 tackles for loss each game. The front seven is really good, so don’t be surprised if the K-State run game looks more like it did against West Virginia and not so much like it did against KU. But that secondary? We can throw on them… Turnover margin The Baylor defense is good but not great. How do they outscore their opponents so much? They’re +12 in turnovers, good enough for 5th in the nation. Interesting addendum to that stat, though: They’re only +1 when playing at McClane Stadium. And when facing ranked teams, like K-State, they’re actually -1 in turnovers. K-State is also -1 against ranked teams, though. What’s it all mean? Protect the ball. Both teams do that well, and turnover the other team well. Something is going to have to give. The other Bryce Bryce Hager has been a thorn in K-State’s side. He’s the leading tackler for Baylor, and is up for just about every award a linebacker can be up for. He calls the defensive signals for Baylor, and in his senior year has really become the leader. He got his career high 18 tackles against K-State last season, and was the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of Week. And then there’s this… When Art Briles was asked if the best barbecue was in Texas, he replied, “Everyone’s wondering who’s gonna be No. 2.” No we’re not, Art. Keep your dry Texas crap. We’ll be eating KC style. Not only are there no players from the state of Kansas on Baylor’s roster, there are only 9 players not from the state of Texas. Baylor goes for it on 4th down a ridiculous amount of the time. They’ve attempted it 33 times this season, and done it successfully on 25 of those (76%). This is the first year for McLane Stadium, so naturally it’s K-State’s first time playing there. The biggest crowd so far in McLane was 47,574 for the Kansas game. This will be College GameDay’s first visit to Waco.