Baylor will get a boost for its Big 12 opener Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma with the season debuts of 1,000-yard rusher Terence Williams and two defenders who were expected to be starters. Williams, the junior who ran for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, will be back in the lineup after missing the first three games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
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The buildup for a showdown between the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels and No. 17 Baylor Bears in the Russell Athletic Bowl should have been incredible, perhaps with some suggesting it had the potential to be the best bowl game of the year.
The combination of another tremendous Trevone Boykin performance in an emphatic TCU victory, and Baylor having a bye coming off the news that quarterback Seth Russell is out for the season, still wasn't enough to bounce the Horned Frogs back in front of the Bears in either the AP or coaches top 25 polls. Now the question is how will the College Football Committee see it? The first CFP rankings of the 2015 season will be unveiled Tuesday night. No. 2 Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) certainly expects to be among the first group of four, even with its QB having undergone neck surgery. And, No. 5 TCU (8-0, 5-0) with its Heisman candidate under center and a defense that has endured multiple injuries and is beginning to play with a swagger, has a strong case to be in there, too.
Baylor coach Art Briles wasted no time correcting the lingo. Almost before the question was done, he reacted to being asked what it’s like having the luxury of three strong, proven running backs, plus a mobile quarterback. “Luxury?” he said. “Need might be a better word.” At most levels in this age of football, strength in numbers is essential in the backfield. And it’s particularly so for the Bears, who essentially have a relay team of backs. Their combo of Shock Linwood, Terence Williams and Devin Chafin fueled a 300-yard rushing performance in the opening 56-21 win over SMU.
The Bears and Horned Frogs both are ranked in the top five in most preseason polls and are fashionable choices to challenge for the Big 12’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff after almost making it last season. “It’s almost a perfect storm how it’s come together for both schools,” said Mark Packer, whose daily show on SiriusXM Radio highlights college athletics. The presidents and administration at those schools understood where college sports was going and they needed to get on the train ASAP. The transformation at both schools is notable to ESPN.com senior college football writer Ivan Maisel, who worked in the Dallas area earlier in his career when both TCU and Baylor were languishing in the old Southwest Conference.