*With excitement growing and growing, we give our predictions for the season:
Chris Bullajian: 10-2
Steve Brischke: 10-2
When I look over my prediction of 10-2, I don't see many stretch predictions. In other words, the toss-up games I have Baylor winning are very doable. Vegas has Baylor has dogs in 5 games on the year - at Kansas State, at TCU, at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Texas. K-State loses a lot on defense and is replacing a QB, I think Baylor beats them for the 2nd year in a row. Oklahoma is trotting out a (redshirt) freshman QB and Baylor has had success against them lately, winning the last game in Waco. And Baylor has played Texas well, especially in Waco, and will be extra-motivated to close down Floyd Casey Stadium with a win. Baylor's offense will keep them in just about every game this season, and with some improvement on defense this can be a magical year for the Bears.
Tim Watkins: 10-2
I truly feel that the Bears will be a Top 10 team this year, at least at some point. The Bears schedule opens up to a pretty feasible 7-0 record, if they can get out of the Little Apple alive. That is something they have never done in their history and if they can, they could be perfect through their first seven games and looking at at least a Top 10 ranking. However the back stretch of the schedule is very rough with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU all awaiting their turn at the Bears, with the last two of those on the road in back to back weeks. I think the Bears lose 2 of those 3 tough tests, and finish 10-2 and possibly in a tie for first place in the Big 12.
Kevin Barrera: 9-3
When I look at our schedule, I absolutely expect us to start the season 7-0 heading in to our Thursdya night, Nationally televised game against Oklahoma. This is where things start getting tough for the Bears. With a final stretch that would make anyone cringe, I think the Bears lose a tough game against OU. As they continue through the gauntlet, I think Baylor gets it done against TTU. Over the last three games, including two on the road @TCU and @OSU, I believe the Bears will unfortunately limp in to their last game against Texas, 0-2. However, I think the Bears get it done against an underachieving Texas team and close out the Case on a winning note!
**The second part of the radio show, saw a special guest come on with Chris and Steve. Heath Nielsen, Associate AD for Communications, gave us some exciting news on festivities that are going on this year at Floyd Casey.
The first thing planned with this final season, is a return of past letter winners. Outside of the Thursday night match up with OU, Baylor will welcome back past players on each of the 6 Saturday games, culminating in a "throwback" game against Texas. This game will include uniforms worn by the 1950s team, and also the return of some of the players during that decade. This night will be a special day for the Baylor family, as we close one chapter and look ahead at opening a new chapter with the opening of Baylor Stadium.
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