TEAM THEME: THE NOT-SO-ARTFUL DODGER
Art Briles is history, fired after 8 years in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving Baylor football players. Jim Grobe steps in to pick up the pieces and though the Bears might be short on returning starters, there's a lot of experience to lean on. QB Seth Russell was 7-0 as the starter in 2015, averaging 61 PPG before his season ended with a neck injury. He s back along with replacement QB Jarrett Stidham. Four of the top 5 WRs also return along with Shock Linwood, one of 2 returning running backs to rush for 1,000 yards last season. Even without Briles calling the shots, the nation s No. 1 scoring and No. 2 rushing offense should keep rolling.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Baylor head coach Jim Grobe is 1-8 ATS as a double-digit non-conference favorite.
PLAY AGAINST: at Rice (10/17)
This season we present a Power Play Preview on each team from a Power 5 conference. These plays are extracted from the 2017 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine.
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