Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oh Baylor, Baylor, Baylor. Where on earth did you come from?
The Baylor Bears have once again proven why Art Briles is one of the best college football coaches in the state of Texas. Briles has managed to turn his four-year average No. 40 Rivals.com recruiting classes into college football gold. And I'm not just talking about the Bears shiny gold helmets.
For once, the Bears have become an threat on both sides of the ball, and opposing teams should be scared.
Baylor's Threat: Offense
Remember when Texas broke a school record of 715 yards of total offense against New Mexico State? Well Baylor is averaging 715.4 total offensive yards through the Bears first five games of the season. 715 yards PER GAME is absolutely absurd.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty leads the Big 12 in passing yards per game (338 yards), passing efficiency (230.6) and total offense (347 yards). Petty has two of the best wide receivers in the league in Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese, and let's not forget running back Lache Seastrunk, who is No. 9 nationally in rushing yards per game.
In recent years, Baylor’s offense has always been a strong point, but the defense was the weakest link. But 2013 is different.
Baylor’s defense nationally ranks No. 24 in total defense, allowing 190.8 passing yards and 155.2 rushing yards per game. To put that into perspective, the Baylor Bears are just one spot behind South Carolina's defense. Yikes.
Of all of the team's still in the running for the Big 12 title, Baylor is easily the leading favorite.
Baylor's Issue: N/A
The Bears have not shown many issues to date, but their schedule has also not been very difficult. Baylor still has to face Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas. If the Bears continue to put up the performances they have through the first five games of the season, expect the Big 12 title to head to Waco.