Location: Waco, TX
Coach: David Beaty (1-11 @BU, 29-34 overall) 2nd Season
Stadium: McLane Stadium (Capacity: 45,140)
9th: Big 12
95th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: The Bears won just a single game to finish 1-11 overall thanks to a road trip to Kansas but four losses were by eight points or fewer, and the team was in a few other games that got out of hand late.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: LB Taylor Young tallied 60 tackles, eight TFLs, three sacks and one PBU last season. He ranked second all-time at Baylor in career sacks (15.5) and third in career TFLs (39.0). His 215 career solo tackles ranked fourth all time at Baylor.
Key Player: QB Charlie Brewer was given the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, joining Robert Griffin III in 2008 as the only Baylor players to win this award. Brewer started the final four games of the season for Baylor in 2017. He passed for 1,562 yards on the season with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions and led the Bears to the only win over Kansas.
Fearless Prediction: With one of the nation’s most experienced teams returning, and with some excellent transfers, Baylor very much could be a dangerous team again in the Big 12.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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