Shehan Jeyarajah, BearsIllustrated Contributor, Lariat Sports Editor, and DMN Baylor Blog Writer
SMU has a chance to be an improved team in 2014, but this will not be the week it shows it. Baylor has been itching all summer to play in McLane Stadium, and has is sights set on a second straight Big 12 championship and the first College Football Playoff. Baylor will be able to able to attack SMU all over the field on offense, and SMU's new starting quarterback Neal Burcham will not be able to take advantage of an inexperienced Baylor secondary while he runs away from Shawn Oakman. Give me Baylor in an easy victory.
Score: Bears win 63-17
James Holloway, BearsIllustrated Contributor
Football season is finally here. With the most anticipated Baylor Bear football season in recent memory, the Bears start their season and run to the College Football Playoff with a home game against SMU in new McLane Stadium this sunday. I look for the Bears to score early and often. The Bear's defense will also show what its capable of this season, pressuring SMU's new quarterback Neal Burcham with their devastating defensive line for multiple sacks, and the secondary will come away with at least one pick. SMU has a veteran front 7 on their defense, but with a young secondary and a offense incapable of keeping up with the Bears, this should be an easy game for the home team. Bears will win comfortably.
Score: Bears win 73-17
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Recruiting Analyst
The weekend Baylor fans have been waiting for is finally here. The opening of McLane Stadium is one of the most anticipated events in Baylor Football history. The SMU Mustangs come in town to put a damper on the festivities, but I think they will be put back in their place quickly. Baylor returns a veteran offense led by Heisman hopefully Bryce Petty. SMU brings an inexperienced secondary to Waco and I think this leads to a monster day for Petty. And while the Baylor defense will be somewhat inexperienced in the secondary, the lack of a running game will allow Coach Phil Bennett to let lose a very strong DL on starter Neal Burcham. Bears win this one going away.
Score: Bears win 62-13
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher
Due to a slow start, I think the run of 69+ scoring non-conference games will end at 3. The Bears might get off to a slightly slow start, but this game will never be in doubt. The Mustangs defense is simply not good enough to hold the Bears down for too long, and the Mustangs offense is just not diverse enough to cause issues. Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett’s defense has dominated one-dimensional defenses the past two seasons, and it continues against SMU. Two newcomers, Johnny Jefferson and K.D. Cannon, will make a big impact in this game and lead the team in rushing and receiving yards.
Score: Bears win 63-14