The 6-3 (3-3) Baylor Bears have just three games left in the season, with their last home game this Saturday morning against Kansas State (5-4, 3-3). The Wildcats are a team that have won the games they should win, but have failed to beat a team that is over .500 on the season. Their wins are over Florida Atlantic, Southwest Missouri State, Texas Tech, Texas and Iowa State. With all but one of those at home, the Wildcats have taken care of business at home, but are just 1-3 away from home.
With a Baylor program reeling, this is a game that most Wildcat fans probably think they can win. Add in the loss of Seth Russell and the Bears will be starting a true freshman in their first career start against Kansas State for the second season in a row. Can the Bears regroup without their senior leader, on and off the field? Can the coaching staff scheme for Zach Smith, like they did for Jarrett Stidham in 2015 (a 31-24 victory in Manhattan).
Smith is a bigger bodied quarterback, more in the mold of Bryce Petty than the athletic Seth Russell. He has a big arm and is more daring on the deep ball, as we saw in his limited time against Oklahoma. With a coaching legend in Bill Snyder, the Wildcats will surely have something unique in store for Smith, especially with another win putting the Wildcats into a bowl game.
NR/RV/NR BAYLOR (6-3, 3-3) vs. NR/NR/NR Kansas State (5-4, 3-3)
Nov. 19, 2016 | 11 a.m. CT
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- After three straight losses, Baylor returns home to host Kansas State at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
- Baylor and Kansas State?will meet for the 14th time Saturday. K-State leads the series 7-6, but BU has a 4-3 edge in games in Waco.
- Overall, the Bears have won 5 of the last 6 games and 6 of last 8.
- True freshman QB Zach Smith (272 yds & 2 TDs) will make his 1st start for the injured Seth Russell.
- It is the 2nd straight season BU has had a true freshman getting his first start against K-State. In 2015, Jarrett Stidham threw for 419 yards and 3 TDs in helping the Bears win 31-24 in Manhattan.
- Baylor has the nation’s 3rd-best home record since 2011 at 33-4, which is also best in the Big 12.
- Baylor has compiled 23 wins (23-7) in November & December since 2011 (16-6 in Nov.).
Quick Look at Kansas State
- Location - Manhattan, KS (66502)
- Founded - 1863
- Enrollment - 24,146
- Interim President - Gen. Richard B. Myers (Kansas State ‘65)
- Atheltics Director - John Currie (Wake Forest ‘93)
- Faculty Athletics Rep - Dr. Be Stoney
- Conference - Big 12
- Nickname - Wildcats
- Colors - Purple (PMS 268) and White
- Band - Pride of Wildcat Land
- School Fight Song - Wildcat Victory
- First Year of Football - 1896
- Overall Record (Years) - 509-631-41 (120)
- Bowl Record - 7-12
- Last Bowl - 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
- Stadium (Capacity) - Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
- Year Opened - 1968 (as KSU Stadium)
- Playing Surface - Wagner Field (Astroturf Gameday Grass 3D, 2011)
- 2015 Record - 6-7
- Big 12 Record (Finish) - 3-6 (8th)
- Lettermen Returning (O/D/S) -37 (14/20/3)
- Lettermen Lost (O/D/S) - 24 (13/8/3)
- Starters Returning (O/D/S) - 17 (5/9/3)
- Starters Lost (O/D/S) - 12 (6/4/2)
- Head Coach - Bill Snyder
- Alma Mater - William Jewell ‘63
- Career/K-State Record -. 193-101-1
- Conference Record - 112-77-1
What Happened Last Time
The Baylor Bears perfect season continued as the 2nd ranked Bears defeated Kansas State 31-24 behind a strong first career start from true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham. With 419 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, Stidham showed exactly why he was one of the most sought after quarterback recruits just a year earlier. Corey Coleman had a monster day with 216 yards receiving and two touchdowns, while the Bears did enough defensively to slow down Joe Hubener and the KSU offense.