Archive for the ‘Baylor Bears’ Category

Art Briles to the Rescue

August 11, 2009

Last piece in my Baylor preview is up on Tilting at Windmills.

More Baylor

August 9, 2009

Homerism has a new post up on Tilting at Windmills scouting out the Baylor defense.

Stop, Baylor Time!

August 5, 2009

My take on the Baylor offense is up on Tilting at Windmills. Should have something on the defense in the next couple days or so.

2009 Danger Games: Oklahoma State at Baylor

June 8, 2009

Oklahoma State at Baylor (Oct. 24)
Look-Ahead Factor: Big time
Letdown Factor: Pretty low
Kerouac Factor: Moderate
Motivation Factor: High

Two consensus “teams on the rise” will be meeting in this Big 12 South matchup. Unfortunately for OSU, this game looks much bigger for the Bears.
Even if Baylor makes the leap this season that everyone is talking about, don’t expect it to show up in the Bears’ record. The Big 12 South is just too tough, and Baylor has non-conference games against Wake Forest and UConn this year.
Instead, this game should offer a better barometer of the progress made by Baylor under dynamic head coach Art Briles.
Oklahoma State should enter this tilt with Longhorns on the brain, as Texas ventures to T. Boone Pickens Stadium a week later. After all, the prognosticators are touting the Pokes as a top-10 team this year, so it should surprise no one if they’re looking ahead to a game against a more worthy opponent. That would be a big mistake.
Last year, OSU drubbed Baylor 34-6 in Stillwater, as young QB Robert Griffin and the rest of the Baylor runners were held to just 42 yards on the ground. For the Cowboy D, that’s a herculean effort. Do they have it in them again, this time against a fired-up opponent looking for payback? Can they do it in Waco?
If not, it’s easy to see this turning into the kind of shootout that’s anybody’s game.

Draft Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

April 8, 2009

Pick 6: Cincinnati Bengals
Strengths: Quarterback
Weaknessess: Wide receiver, linebacker

The Pick: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

My cousin Rich’s favorite team, the Bengals, have the misfortune of drafting behind teams with similar needs in spots with few strong prospects (in Homerism’s opinion)–receiver and linebacker. Of course, they also could use a defensive back, but there aren’t many appealing options there, either.

When in doubt, look offensive line. The loss of OT Stacy Andrews makes this yet another position of need for Cincy. Plus, the ranks aren’t so thin there.

The scouts are buzzing about the upside of Jason Smith, a tackle out of Baylor. Some mock drafts even have him going first overall to Detroit. In what little Homerism saw of Smith this year, I was impressed. Smith kept edge rushers at bay and displayed athleticism while blocking in coach Art Briles’ version of the spread.

The bottom line is that Smith helped Baylor’s budding superstar QB Robert Griffin buy time to make plays with both his feet and his arm. If you can make a splash in Waco, you must be doing something right. Also, coming out of Baylor’s notoriously upright culture, Smith won’t present the kind of character concerns that have plagued the Bengals in recent years.