Kansas football to host high-ranking Baylor offense
- Oct. 24, 2013
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The Baylor Bears come to Lawrence on Saturday with an undefeated 6-0 record and a Top 10 ranking that at times can be a bit overwhelming for Kansas players to prepare for.
But there is one thing that gives the Jayhawks some confidence against the top team in the Big 12: a home-field advantage.
“They’re coming into Lawrence, so that’s something we’re excited about,” linebacker Jake Long said.
The only road game that Baylor has played this season was a 35-25 victory in Manhattan against the 2-4 Wildcats. Kansas State had a lead going into the fourth quarter of the game before two touchdowns sealed a Baylor win.
On Tuesday, Charlie Weis said that Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty calls the plays at the line of scrimmage, and if the crowd is loud enough it would make that more difficult.
But it takes a lot more than noise to stop the Baylor offense.
The Bears have the most successful offense in college football up to this point, with an average of just under 65 points per game this season.
Petty is the latest in a long line of talented quarterbacks to play for Baylor coach Art Briles. Two seasons ago, Robert Griffin III won the Heisman trophy as Baylor’s quarterback, and last season’s starter Nick Florence broke eight school records.
Briles knows what reasonable expectations should be for a talented quarterback, and at Big 12 media day before the season began Briles had some incredibly high expectations for Petty.
“The first thing that popped into my mind is break every Baylor record there is offensively, which is what we expect him to do and what he plans to do,” Briles said of Petty. “His expectations are to win every game and be the best quarterback in the United States of America.”
Petty has followed those expectations by completing over 70 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,023 yards in six games with 15 touchdowns and his passer efficiency rating is the best in the nation. And, of course, the Bears have won every game.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk predicted he would win the Heisman this season, but he also had high praise for Petty.
“I’ve seen good, but Bryce Petty is great,” Seastrunk said at Big 12 media day. “You don’t understand — this guy can throw the ball 80 yards downfield with no hesitation.”
But when Jake Love was asked which aspect of the Baylor offense was more dangerous, he said all of their skill position players are dangerous.
Baylor is third in the nation in passing yards and seventh in rushing yards, and they spread the field horizontally from sideline to sideline, forcing the defense to do the same.
Weis said Baylor’s offensive balance is its strength.
“If you load up the box, they’ll throw it on every down. If you don’t cover the box, they’ll run it on every down,” Weis said. “They can do both. Whatever you want to do, they’ll gladly do the opposite.”