A 5-0 Baylor Bears squad, in or at the fringes of the Top-10 in the nation, takes on their former selves in the cellar dwelling Kansas Jayhawks. The 1-win Jayhawks, win-less against FBS teams since 2014, are the Bears from the early 2000s. A team that is void of talent and has little hope, at least right now. Baylor fans from 15 years ago should see something that is a painful reminder of the past, a team with no hope for victory against any good football team. A program that loses to average mid-major programs. A team that simply has not shot of keeping up with the Bears at home.
Kansas might be even more of a difficult turn-around job for David Beatty than it was for the long line of coaches post Grant Teaff. It proved too much for Chuck Reedy, Dave Roberts, Kevin Steele and Guy Morris, though. Each had a varying degree of success, or lack thereof in Kevin Steele's case. What side of the spectrum will we find David Beatty? Is he Guy Morris who started the turn around but could not get over the hump? Is he Steele who was miscast as a tremendous recruiting from a power-5 team and just in over his head? Or is he their Art Briles, who just needs more time to get it turned around?
Saturday afternoon will probably not be the day to make that determination. This is a multi-year rebuild just to get back to "bad" football, instead of historically awful. Baylor fans have been there before, but will gladly revel in a homecoming victory over a team that reminds them of their recent failings.
11/8 BAYLOR (5-0) vs Kansas (1-4)
Oct. 15, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Talent: Tim Brando (pxp), Spencer Tillman (analyst)
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- The Bears have won 6-straight dating back to last year’s bowl - tops in Big 12 & tied for 7th in FBS.
- BU has started 5-0 in each of the last 4 years - a program first and the only FBS program to do so.
- Baylor is looking to start 6-0 as well as 3-0 in Big 12 play for the 4th-straight year.
- Baylor and Kansas will meet for the 16th time Saturday. The Bears lead the series 11-4.
- BU?has won the last 6 games vs. KU by an average of 37.7 points and boasts a 7-0 record in Waco.
- The Bears have won 6-straight games following an off-week by an average of 32.7 points.
- Baylor is 13-2 in the $266 million McLane Stadium, with an average scoring margin of + 26.0 points.
- Baylor has the nation’s 3rd-best home record since 2011 at 32-3, which is also best in the Big 12.
- BU’s been ranked in a school-record 56 straight AP Polls, FBS’ 4th-best streak.
Quick Look at Kansas
- Location 1651 Naismith Dr. Lawrence, KS 66045
- Founded 1866
- Enrollment 28,091
- Chancellor Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little
- Athletics Director Dr. Sheahon (SHAY-un) Zenger Kansas State, 1988, 1992 Kansas, 1996
- Colors Crimson & Blue
- Nickname Jayhawks
- Affiliations NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
- Head Coach David Beaty (BAIT-ee) Lindenwood College, 1994
- Record at Kansas (Seasons) 1-16 (2)
- Career Record at Division I (Seasons) 1-16 (2)
- First Season of Record 1890
- Seasons 127th
- All-Time Record 580-614-58
- Conference Titles (Last) 7 (2007)
- Big 12 Titles (Last) 1 (North Division 2007)
- Bowl Games (Last) 12 (2008)
- Bowl Game Titles (Last) 6 (2008)
- Bowl Games Record 6-6
- 2015 Overall Record 0-12
- 2015 Conference Record 0-9 (9th)
- 2015 Home Record 0-7
- 2015 Road Record 0-5
- Letterwinners Returning/Lost 49/25
- Starters Returning/Lost 17/7
What Happened Last Time
The Bears dominated in a 66-7 win over Kansas that wasn't even that close. The score was 52-7 at halftime, and the Bears threw on the breaks and simply ran out the last 30 minutes. After a touchdown drive on the Jayhawks first possession of the game, the Baylor defense simply destroyed KU, outscoring them 7-0 for the remainder of the game. After tha 74-yard touchdown drive, Kansas gained just 153 yards over 13 drives for a palty 8.5 yards per drive.
RealTimeRPI - Bears win 48-13
Massey - Bears win 42-14
TeamRankings.com - Bears win 51-16
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com - Bears win 52-21
This should be over very quickly. Simply put, this is a bad Kansas team (outside of playing TCU at least) that is going to be noncompetitive in most Big 12 games this year. Their two pure road games have been a 43-7 loss to a rebuilding Memphis team, and 55-19 to Texas Tech. Add in a 37-21 loss at home to Ohio University and you have all the information you need.
The Bears are getting healthier too, with KD Cannon back and ready to become a "weapon of mass-destruction" once again. The Jayhawks defense has been very good against the pass, but is about as bad as Iowa State on the ground, so expect another 300+ yard ground effort by the Bears to power them to a big victory.
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com - Bears win 49-17
Coming off of a bye week, Baylor is well rested and most importantly, healthy. Kansas will likely try to get the running game going against the Bears, but will also try to spread things out. KU shouldn't have the success that Iowa State or Oklahoma State had, but this could be a concern area for Baylor, with Bravvion Roy nursing an elbow injury. The offense should be able to move the ball at will. With Shock Linwood announcing himself against Iowa State, things should start to get rolling in the running game, which should open things up for KD Cannon and the passing game.I expect Baylor to jump out to an early lead and coast to a comfortable Homecoming win.