Baylor Team To Beat In Big 12 Following Rout Of Louisiana-Monroe

By Scott Page
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On the back of a ridiculous 70-7 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe (2-2, 0-0), the No. 20 Baylor Bears (3-0, 0-0) look like a team that could run away with the Big 12 title this season. Other than No. 11 Oklahoma State, there doesn’t appear to be an equally electrifying team in the conference this season. Sure, blowing out La.-Monroe isn’t exactly a program-defining moment, but the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners were only able to grind out a 34-20 victory over the Warhawks in Week 1.

Today, Baylor had no such trouble as it exploded for more than 780 yards and 29 first downs.

Heading into the game, the Bears were already the nation’s highest-scoring FBS or FCS team, averaging 69.5 points and 737 total yards per game. But Baylor somehow found even more ways to put even more points on the board against a team that is better than the Bears first two opponents – Wofford and Buffalo. Baylor unleashed a xx-point blitzkrieg on the Warhawks in a contest that was never remotely close.

This game in no way resembled last year’s between these two, a wild 47-42 victory for the Bears. In their first-ever meeting, the two teams combined for 1,109 yards and 63 first downs – both had at least 85 plays and 549 yards.

Today, however, it was all about the Baylor.

The carnage started early, as QB Bryce Petty connected with Antwan Goodley for a 63-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the game. And the scoring never stopped, led by Petty’s 377 total yards and five TDs.

Star running back Lache Seastrunk also had a huge day for the Bears, sprinting to 156 yards, including a 75-yard TD, on just 10 carries.

But it wasn’t just the Bears’ offense that contributed to the onslaught of points. The Baylor defense also got into the scoring frenzy, adding two touchdowns of its own. Cornerback Joe Williams and safety Terrell Burt each returned a Kolton Browning pass for a touchdown in the first quarter, as Baylor blasted out of the gate with five TDs in the opening frame.

Because of Baylor’s high-octane offense, this defensive unit ranks second nationally in scoring, but is still often overlooked. Regardless, it’s playing much better than Baylor defenses of the past.

The Bears are yet to get into the meat of their schedule, but it’s not a stretch to think this team can’t run the table in the Big 12. Baylor is off next weekend and opens the conference slate against West Virginia on Oct. 5.

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