The Baylor Bears have been fantastic through seven games in the 2013 season. They rank No. 1 in the nation in both scoring offense and total offense as they have averaged a ridiculous 63.9 points and 717.3 yards per game this season. But despite their gaudy numbers and undefeated record, the Bears remain an afterthought when it comes to the BCS National Championship because of their weak early season schedule. After their bye this week, that all changes as Baylor enters the meat of their schedule which will determine their fate in the Big 12 and national title races.
Baylor has raced out to a 7-0 record and 4-0 in conference play this season as one of two Big 12 teams with an undefeated conference record (the other being the Texas Longhorns). However, those four wins have come against the bottom five teams in the conference who have a combined record of 2-15 in Big 12 play. Their non-conference slate didn’t offer any greater competition either with the best team arguably being the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, a 4-4 club out of the Sun Belt who was housed 70-7 in Waco. The Buffalo Bulls are the only team Baylor’s played that currently has a winning record, though their six wins have come against five FBS opponents with a combined record of 5-36 and a 3-4 FCS team.
That will all change starting on November 7 for Baylor. Four of their last five games this season are against teams in the thick of the Big 12 title race, starting with a showdown against the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners. OU just ended the perfect season of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and have the ability to disrupt the Bears’ offensive attack and control the pace of the game with their offense. After that, they face another Big 12 upstart in Texas Tech before going on the road to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys and TCU Horned Frogs in back-to-back weeks before finishing at home against Texas December 7.
After dominating against six FBS teams with a combined 19-26 record and FCS Wofford, Baylor finishes the season against five Big 12 foes with a combined 28-10 record, including three with one loss and ranked in the top 25. How good is Baylor, really? We’re about to find out over the final month of the season.