Lache Seastrunk, Baylor Already Turning Heads with Absurd Numbers
Baylor's chances at a 2013 Big 12 title are still technically just as good as anyone else's, but there's one thing we know for sure about the Bears:
They are insanely fast.
It makes them fun for us as spectators—and really unfair for opposing teams.
Baylor is easily the most exciting team in the Big 12 right now and arguably the most exciting team in the country, with an early-season Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Lache Seastrunk.
Baylor had no problem taking care of Buffalo Saturday in a 70-13 win over the Bulls. It put up 69 against Wofford in Week 1. Typically, scoring a ton of points against a lesser opponent in a money game says little. But what Baylor does and how it does it is otherworldly.
Can the Bears expect to keep up that sort of production throughout the year? Probably not, but don't expect this team to slow down at all either. Not when a team has speed to burn like Baylor does.
At one point, Bryce Petty had over 200 yards passing on his first five completions.
That speed and talent at the skill position resulted in a lot of preseason hype for the Bears. Namely, Seastrunk declared himself a Heisman candidate before the season, per Steve Greenberg of Sporting News:
I feel like there's no back who can do what I do. I know I'm the fastest back in the country. I know I'm the best back in the country. Nobody's going to work harder.
I'm going to win the Heisman. I'm going to win it in 2013. If I don't, I'm going to get very close.
Seastrunk has been backing it up so far, averaging over nine yards a carry through the first two games with five touchdowns.
He's in many Heisman conversations already. If he keeps it up, that won't change by season's end.
One thing Baylor actually benefits from is a schedule that backloads a lot of tougher games—at least, games that seem tough now. Four of Baylor's final five games—Oklahoma, Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State, at TCU and Texas—are against big 12 opponents projected to finish at or near the top of the conference.
That would provide Baylor and Seastrunk an awfully big spotlight in which to showcase what they have. If Seastrunk is still able to put up big numbers in games against tougher opponents, he'll likely be in New York for the Heisman ceremony.
Of course, that's a long way off, and there's a lot of football to be played. Baylor may not crack 10 wins for all we know.
No matter how the season goes, though, this Baylor team should be a ton of fun to watch.
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval.
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