Baylor Betting Odds Preview
The Art Briles offense continued to excel last season even without Robert Griffin III, leading the Baylor Bears to a respectable 7-5 SU and 8-4 ATS season. Baylor finished the season red-hot including a blowout bowl win over UCLA, and will look to carry that momentum into the new season.
Baylor was extremely impressive over the final six games of 2012, going 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS with outright upset wins over Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and UCLA. The Bears have plenty of reason to be positive coming into the new season.
Baylor had arguably the best offense in the country last year, racking up more total yards per game than any other team with 578.8 yards per game and finishing fifth in scoring with 44.1 yards per game. QB Nick Florence filled in brilliantly for the departed Robert Griffin III, leading the Bears to the fourth most potent passing attack in the country. Florence’s graduation means the torch will be handed to Bryce Petty this year, who in Art Briles’ fast-paced offense should continue the trend of putting up huge numbers.
Even if Petty can’t match Florence’s production, he likely won’t have to. Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin make up a thunder and lightning combo at running back that combined for 1,901 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Both return this year and should keep the offense rolling with the best of them.
So which version of the Baylor defense will we see this year? The Bears’ defense was the team’s Achilles heel during the first half of the season, but it stepped up huge in upset wins over Kansas State and UCLA; two of the nation’s most potent offenses. Still, the big performances can’t hide the 502 yards per game surrendered, which was second worse in the nation. This offense can score with anyone, but the defense needs to be consistently better in the offense-driven Big 12 for the team to have any shot at a conference title.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 10
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500