Baylor Bears Entering Gauntlet Stretch of Schedule

By Jamie Plunkett
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The 7-0 Baylor Bears have hardly been tested so far this season. They’re sitting in 1st in the Big 12 and are ranked No. 6 in the BCS Poll. They’re coming off of a 59-14 undressing of Kansas that actually lowered their average points per game (from 64.6 points per game to 63.8 points per game). Don’t worry though, they’re still the highest scoring team in college football.

On top of that, their defense has been stellar, allowing a meager 15.9 points per game, good for 6th in the FBS. With this good of an offense, and a much improved defense over 2012’s squad, it looks like the Bears could run away with the Big 12 title and head to their first ever BCS game.

However, they’re about to enter the real meat of their schedule, which will seriously test both the offense and the defense. Following their bye week this Saturday, they face off against the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners, the No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders and the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys all in a row.

After that, it’s a rivalry game against TCU (who is noticeably down this season), followed by a season ending game against the Texas Longhorns.

The five teams left on the Bears’ schedule have combined for a 28-10 record on the season, with the Horned Frogs claiming five of those losses.

The defenses they’ll face during this stretch are much tougher than the ones they’ve faced. TCU has 15 interceptions on the season, while Oklahoma State has 13. Statistically, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas have the Nos. 2-6 defenses in the Big 12 (behind Baylor) and the 2-5 and 8 (TCU) offenses in the Big 12 (also behind Baylor).

The nice thing about this gauntlet stretch, however, is that Baylor gets three of the five (OU, OSU and Texas) in Waco. With the way Bryce Petty and the Bears are clicking right now, it’s hard to see anyone slowing them down. However, if it was going to happen at any point in the season, it was going to be during this five game stretch.

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