Northwestern State Demons vs. #23 Baylor Bears
Friday – September 2 – 6:30 p.m.
McLane Stadium – Waco – Texas
New Year, New Team … Meaner Bears
Baylor is a totally different team… Coaches that is! Head Coach Jim Grobe is a proven winner. His been successful at two Division 1 schools, winning at both Ohio University 1995-2000 and Wake Forest 2001-2013. “Jim Grobe is the best choice for the Baylor Bears going into the future. He’s a man of faith and integrity”, said Baylor’s Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. I’ve followed Coach Grobe while at Wake Forest, he’s a stickler for the rules and he holds his players to a high standard in and out of the classroom. While the team is ranked at #23, the Bears will play like a number 1 ranked team. “The #23 ranking is disrespectful to this team!”, coach Grobe said Monday. “We will strap our chinstraps on and get after it on Friday night”.
On offense, Baylor has one of the best running backs in the country with Shock Linwood. Linwood is 204 yards shy of breaking the Baylor rushing record that stood for 35 years. Believe it or not. I can see him setting the record in this game. Last year, Northwestern State gave up and average of 275 yards a game. So, everyone on the schedule is looking to put big numbers against this defense. Baylor QB Seth Russell is a good QB. His stats from last year was 2104 passing yards with 29 Touchdowns and 6 interceptions in seven games. Look for Seth Russell to pick up where he left off before the injury. Baylor average 51.4 points a game and racked up 630 total yards in every contest. Two years ago Baylor blasted NWS 70-6 in a very lopsided contest in Waco. I don’t see it being any different.
The key on the defensive side of the ball is stopping transfer graduate QB Brooks Haack from having a field day in the passing game. He’s big, strong and has a quick release. He’s also a heady player that has the green light to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Look for him to play a poised game, but the Bears defense is concentrate of shutting him down. RB Warren Long is a threat carrying the ball. The majority of his carries will be on the strong side of the Demons offensive line (the right side).
The Bears defense will be ready!
Prediction: I don’t see a change in what everyone is predicting. The Bears will beat Northwestern by at least 24 points. (I’m being modest). On a scale of 1 to 10. This one is an 8 for Baylor!