Who Dey? — Baylor Bears

Inside, a look at Colorado's next opponent, the Baylor Bears.

at Folsom Field • Oct. 7 • 1:30 p.m. (MT) • (no TV)
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (4th season)
2006 Record: 2-3, 1-0

Baylor has struggled along offensively in its first season in the spread offense. Offensive coordinator Lee Hays brought the scheme with him this year from West Texas A&M, which led NCAA Division II in passing.

Senior quarterback Shawn Bell has averaged over 40 passes a game through five outings, and his favorite target has been 6-2 wide receiver Trent Shelton (29). While Baylor runs a similar offense to Missouri and Texas Tech, one in which the quarterback plays mostly out of the shotgun and gets rid of the ball quickly, BU has given up 13 sacks, while MU and TTU have allowed just 5 a piece.

While Baylor has racked up yards in the passing game, they haven't gotten the run game going yet. The Bears are last in NCAA Division I-A in rushing, averaging just 27.4 yards per game and 1.5 yards per carry.

Player to Watch: Baylor calls its tight ends "inside receiver Big" and 6-foot-4, 266-pound 6-foot-4, 266-pound Terrance Parks fits that description. CU had trouble with Missouri's tight end last week. Look for Bell to try and get the ball to Parks, who already has 23 catches on the season.

The Baylor defense currently ranks 60th overall in the nation, giving up 323 yards a game. It's an aggressive unit that runs out of a 4-2-5 look, which features five defensive backs. That aggressive play has led to a Big 12-most 16 turnovers (7 fumbles, 9 interceptions) this year. And Baylor has allowed only seven touchdowns.

BU's two starting linebackers, Joe Pawelek and Nick Moore, and it's outside safety, Maurice Linguist, get most of the team's tackles. The trio has 95 between them.

Baylor features a big and experienced defensive backfield that has caught the eye of CU coaches. Free safety Dwain Crawford earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors this week for his two-interception effort in Baylor's win over Kansas State.

Player to Watch: Senior cornerback C.J. Wilson (6-1, 195) leads the Big 12 with four interceptions, and has returned one for a touchdown.

Senior punter Daniel Sepulveda won the Ray Guy Award in 2004 and currently averages 45.9 yards a punt.

Baylor 2006 Statistical Leaders
PASSING: Shawn Bell 138-217-1,353 9 TD 5 INT
RUSHING: Paul Mosley 33-107/3.2 1 TD
RECEIVING: Trent Shelton 29/14.8 3 TD
TACKLES: Joe Pawelek 33
SACKS: Five tied with 1
INT: C.J. Wilson 4
PUNTING: Daniel Sepulveda 32/45.9
PR: Queito Teasley 11/10.4
KOR: Mikail Baker 7/25.6

NOTES: Baylor will be trying to win three consecutive conference games (dating back to last season) for the first time since 1992. …The Bears have not allowed points in the first quarter this season. …While Baylor's offense is still in the learning stages, it's registered 10 plays longer than 40 yards through five games, one less than they managed all last season.

Prediction: Colorado's offense takes the next step by turning its growing yardage production into points. Dan Hawkins gets his first win as head coach in Boulder.

Colorado 24, Baylor 17

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