Baylor Coach Not Surprised With CU's Success

Baylor Bears head coach Guy Morriss spoke with members of the Big 12 media on Monday's teleconference. Inside, his thoughts on Colorado as the Buffs (3-2/1-0) and Bears (3-2/0-1) prepare to meet this coming Saturday in Waco.

Baylor defeated CU in Boulder in 2006 in triple overtime. The Bears will host Colorado Saturday after losing their Big 12 opener on the road at Texas A&M. CU, meanwhile, started conference play with an upset-win over Oklahoma.

Q: I wonder with Colorado coming off such an emotional win that if there's a good time to catch them, this may be it?
Guy Morriss
: Well, I think some people will make that argument. We expect them to come rolling in here feeling good and confident. And they're probably going to play well.

If we allow ourselves to think otherwise, we're probably in for a long afternoon. That's not the way we're going to interpret it.

Q: How do you work with your offense to get them to play better this Saturday?
: We just try to keep re-emphasizing the positives and go out and have a good week of practice. I think that's the best thing that will help us get back on track is to get out there tomorrow and put in a little bit of sweat equity, and get back to catching the ball, and those types of things.

Q: Are you generally surprised since you beat Colorado last year that they've improved, or seemingly improved?
: Heck no. I'm not surprised at all. They had some good athletes we felt like when we played them last year. If I remember right, No. 53 the defensive end, the linebacker, No. 44, and the corner. They've got some talent on that team.

Q: You had to be a little bit surprised by the score against Oklahoma though.
: Well, yeah, because Oklahoma, they were No. 3 in the country, and they were No. 1 in the country in scoring, I think. You just assume they're probably going to win the game. They probably assumed that too. But somebody forgot to tell Colorado that Oklahoma was picked to win.

I take my hat off to them. They got ‘er done.

Q: Aside from the dropped balls, is there anything that you're going to be focused on in a general way as you prepare for Colorado?
: Well, we've just got to go execute our offense. Every time that we've got 11 guys on a particular drive doing what they're supposed to do, we've been able to move the ball and score some points. That's the thing we've got to focus on — we've got to go out and execute and be consistent through the four full quarters.

Q: Are you surprised Colorado's defense has been playing pretty well?
: Not at all. We were impressed with them last year. I'm sure that they've got some good new players added to the mix.

Q: The Big 12 South has had a reputation as the dominant division in the conference of late. There's been one champion from the North since 2002. Your team went 3-0 against the North last year. Because of what transpired this weekend, you think we should all rethink that?
: Oh, I don't know. I think it might be a little early to tell yet. We've got a lot of games to play.

Q: Did you ever buy into the idea that the North is not quite up to snuff with the South?
: (laughs) I've never thought that, no.

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