Baylor Football Predictions

Written by Vegas Top Cappers | July 31, 2013

2013 Baylor Football Predictions

One of the nation’s more recent “feel good” stories, the Baylor Bears have consistently been among the better college football programs for the past decade or so, demonstrated by their run of three consecutive seasons (2010-12) with seven or more victories, something the Waco school hadn’t accomplished since 1949-51. Head coach Art Briles has compiled a 33-30 W-L mark in his five seasons at Baylor, in addition to guiding the Bears to three straight bowl games, the most recent a 49-26 shellacking of UCLA in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl.

2012’s 8-5 overall record included a stunning 52-24 upset of then No. 1-ranked Kansas State, and the team used that as impetus for a 4-1 finish, including the Holiday Bowl. Bryce Petty returns at QB, a multi-talented performer who can hurt opposing defenses by either passing or running. His weakness to this point has been a tendency to hold onto the ball too long, something that the coaching staff has focused on correcting during the spring. In the ground game, Baylor has incredible depth, led by Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, with a pair of redshirt freshmen, Rashodrick Linwood and Devin Chafin providing breakaway speed and elusiveness.

The receiving corps is even deeper, with speedsters such as Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese proven producers, while Jay Lee and TE Jerod Monk are more of the possession-type. Briles likes an unpredictable, mix-it-up attack, softening up the defensive front with a bruising ground game before switching to the deep passing game once the secondary creeps up to shut down the run.

This requires a versatile, athletic offensive line, and up front, the Bears have impressive size and athleticism, needing only regular game-time and chemistry to turn them into a dominating unit. Senior returnees Stefan Huber, Cyril Richardson and Kevin Palmer are all big and plenty experienced, while sophomores Spencer Drango and Desmine Hilliard are rising future standouts.

The defensive side is perhaps even more impressive, especially along the front line, where seniors Chris McAllister and Terrance Lloyd have plenty of experience, while interior linemen Beau Blackshear and Javonte Magee are already attracting NFL scouts.

At the LB slots Sam Holl, Eddie Lackey and Bryce Hager form one of the Big 12’s better units, adept at run-stuffing and short coverage, and as with nearly every other position grouping, there’s more than enough talented depth behind them to always keep fresh bodies contributing to the rotation.

In the secondary, no less than six seniors are in the mix, headed up by Ahmad Dixon and Demetri Goodson, with several redshirts and semi-experienced returnees filling in when needed.

There’s little to not like about this edition of the Baylor Bears, and if Petty can rectify a few of his disturbing habits, the offense has the potential to be nearly as good as the Robert Griffin III-led explosive juggernaut of two seasons ago. With experience, athleticism, talent and excellent coaching, the Bears could easily reach double-digits in the 2013 win column, leading to an unprecedented fourth consecutive bowl invite.

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