The Baylor Bears are 8–0 on the season after a dominating 42–14 performance over the Oklahoma Sooners. Because of the easiness of the Big 12 compared to conferences like the SEC, PAC-12 and ACC, the Bears will need teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles to lose.
The National Championship may be out of reach for Baylor’s talented offense, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get rewarded for their performance. Junior quarterback Bryce Petty should be a front-runner for the Heisman race after the ridiculous offensive performances he’s had this season.
Against Oklahoma he threw for three touchdowns and ran for two. That brings Petty’s season total to 21 throwing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns. Current Heisman recipient Johnny Manziel has 26 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns. The major difference, however, is that Manziel has thrown eight interceptions, and Petty has only thrown one. Efficiency is a quarterback’s best friend in trying to win the Heisman.
The past few seasons it’s been someone out of nowhere who came in to win the Heisman at the end of the season. Now that the Oregon Ducks have lost, Baylor will jump into the talk for a National Championship berth. If the Bears can continue to go undefeated and Petty continues to put up these types of offensive performances, winning the Heisman is definitely a possibility.
Most football players would rather have a National Championship than a Heisman trophy, but with juniors Petty and Lache Seastrunk most likely returning, Baylor should go into the next season in the Top 5. Even if Petty doesn’t get the Heisman this season and continues to put up Heisman-like numbers he could be the front-runner for the award for next season. The future is bright for Baylor with Petty at the helm.