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The Baylor Bears host the Lamar Cardinals in the home opener of the 2015 football season.

The 4th ranked Baylor Bears host FCS school Lamar Cardinals Saturday night in the home opener of the 2015 football season.

Kevin Barerra

BearsIllustrated Co-Owner and Recruiting Coordinator

The name of this game is NO INJURIES. This is one of those games that is tough to watch from a coaching standpoint because your team is expected to go out and dominate. This is also a game that majority of the time lets you work on things that you dont get to in practice. Game reps are much better than practice reps. Look for Baylor to score early and often, and look for Jarrett Stidham to get some big minutes. This one is over in the 2nd quarter. 

Baylor 66 Lamar 10

Shehan Jeyarajah

BearsIllustrated Contributor, DMN Baylor Blogger, City Editor for Baylor Lariat, Correspondent for Sports Illustrated

The last time Seth Russell played against an FCS team, he threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns in the first half. Lamar is about the same quality team as Northwestern State, but with perhaps a bigger question at quarterback. To say the least, this game should be over in the first five minutes. Baylor's defense should benefit from the return of Shawn Oakman and Orion Stewart, and should aspire to shut this team out. We will see plenty of Jarrett Stidham, and maybe even see Chris Johnson or Zack Bennema make a brief appearance at quarterback. 
Baylor 73, Lamar 3

Carter Lacy

BearsIllustrated Recruiting Contributor

Baylor takes on Lamar Saturday with defensive stars Shawn Oakman and Orion Stewart. Expect this to be a game where Baylor tests things we haven't seen before. Regardless of your opinion on our scheduling, the good thing about playing these teams is that we are able to get reps for guys who we might have to rely on in worst-case scenarios during Big 12 play. With all due respect to Lamar, a team who won 8 games last year, they're not going to be able to contain Baylor; however, Baylor has MANY red flags that need tending to after SMU. Open field tackling was absolutely awful, and Seth had *VERY, VERY, VERY SLIGHT* accuracy issues. I have said that I would call his performance last week near perfect, and the only reason I hesitate is because a few of his passes weren't PERFECTLY on point. Seth is going to be awesome, you guys. I am anticipating more Stidham in this game, but expect Seth to throw for 400+ and hopefully up his completion %. Defense corrects its issues and Baylor shuts out Lamar heading into the fourth quarter. 

Baylor 76, Lamar 10

Ashton Warren

BearsIllustrated Recruiting Contributor

The Bears (1-0) bring in the Lamar Cardinals (1-0) tomorrow, looking to extend their undefeated streak at McLane Stadium. Lamar is coming off a blowout victory of Bacone College (OK) an NAIA school. Though their opponent is far removed from the D1 level the Cardinals have shown they have the ability to put up some points. If the Baylor defense misses tackles like they did in the first half of the SMU game don't be surprised if you see Lamar put some points on the board. The return of prospective All-American DE Shawn Oakman and starting safety Orion Stewart should certainly help on that front. 

Look for the Baylor offense to continue their trend from last game. Seth Russell and Cory Coleman showed they are more than comfortable together as Coleman caught 5 passes for 178 and a touchdown. Coleman should have another big game this weekend. If the defense can keep the Cardinals offense out of the end zone and Seth Russell and company keep the offense clicking on all cylinders, look for more play from freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham who saw limited action last week completing both of his pass attempts and throwing one of those passes for a touchdown. The Bears should roll Lamar this Saturday as football comes back to the Brazos. 

Baylor 55, Lamar 10

Tim Watkins

BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher

In the end, this will be a blowout.  I know it. You know it. The Bears definetly know it, and so does Lamar.  This is a sacraficial lamb about to be sacrificed on the altar of McLane Stadium. Lamar looked impressive in their first game, at least until you realized that their opponent was a NAIA team.  This is a solid FCS program though, one coming off of an 8-win season.  

The Bears have demolished FCS opponents in recent years, beating them 70-6 and 69-3 the past two seasons.  Expect a similar score, with plenty of times for the backups.  Jarrett Stidham will have a monster 3rd quarter, throwing 3 touchdown passes as the Bears extend a 35-0 halftime score quickly.  Expect points, and lots of them for the team in green and gold. 

Baylor 73, Lamar 10


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