1. BAYLOR WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Head coach Matt Rhule had a rebuilding and rebranding project to do when he took over in 2017 following the school’s disastrous scandal. If he could take the 1-11 2017 team and turn it into a 7-6 bowl winner the following season, can he fix the other glitches to go another step further?
Baylor has all the offensive skill parts in place. There’s depth, there are plenty of options, and if health isn’t an issue, this will be among the Big 12’s best attacks …
If Rhule and the coaching staff can fix an offensive line that allowed way too many plays in the backfield.
The defense is good enough in the Big 12 to get the job done, the linebackers are terrific, and the recruiting classes are building the talent base to make the D one of the league’s best …
If everyone can start to take the ball away.
The kicking game could use a boost from some new parts, the penalties have to slow down, and the D has to avoid getting bombed on like it did in losses to Duke, Oklahoma and West Virginia, but again, these are touchups compared to the gut job the program went through two seasons ago.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Can the Bears win two more regular season games than they did last year?
They’ll start 3-0 with Stephen F. Austin, UTSA and at Rice to kick things off, and almost all of the big Big 12 games are in Waco.
Beat Texas Tech at home, take down Kansas in Lawrence, and get at least two out of the three home dates against Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and West Virginia, and there’s a chance to be in the mix for one of the two spots in the Big 12 Championship.
That’s a bit too ambitious, but the Bears should pull off a few huge home wins and become a bigger conference player. They’ll go bowling, they’ll be fun, and they’ll set the tone for what should be a massive 2020.