College Football News Preview 2020: Baylor Bears Keys To The Season
Biggest Key To The Baylor Bears Offense
Control the clock a bit better. This might go against everything the Baylor football program has been about offensively for the last decade or so – least year’s team had the ball for around 28 minutes a game – but being able to keep the defense off the field is going to be a must early on.
With just two starters back on D for a new coaching staff to work with, it’s not going to be about the starting 11 on that side of the ball, it’s going to be about developing the depth. No spring ball is going to make that an issue, so at least for a little bit, the more that OC Larry Fedora’s offense can just keep the chains moving and shorten the clock a bit, the better.
Biggest Key To The Baylor Bears Defense
Get the secondary going again over the first month. The Bears are likely going to use five defensive backs more often than not, and even with just one starter back, there’s enough in place to expect a quick rebuild. The key will be to get ready for when the bombers in the Big 12 get their chance.
The overall pass defense stats were fine last year, but what teams had passing games that gave Baylor problems? Iowa State Texas Tech, Oklahoma (twice), and Georgia. At least, all four of those teams had quarterbacks who could throw.
The Bears should get a little while to get the parts in place, but October starts with road games at Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and the game against Brock Purdy and Iowa State is on the road.
Key Baylor Bears Player To A Successful Season
DE William Bradley-King, Sr.
With everyone gone from the starting three on the D line – including pass rushing giant James Lynch – the new coaching staff needs Arkansas State transfer William Bradley-King to be the new terror right away.
He’s not all that big for the Baylor line – 6-4 and around 250 – but he can move, making 82 tackles with 13.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss for the Red Wolves over the last two seasons.
Key Game To The Baylor Bears Season
Ole Miss (in Houston), Sept. 5
Can it possibly business as usual after a break through 2019? Just how fast can the new coaching staff get things up back up to speed in a rebuilding run? There are more than enough winnable games on the slate to not worry too much about going bowling, but lose to Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss in the opener, and it might take a little bit of work to have a good year.
– Baylor Bears Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2019 Baylor Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Baylor 129 – Opponents 29
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 17 – Baylor 6
– Average Yards Per Pass: Baylor 8.5 yards – Opponents 6.1 yards