Baylor’s game against Louisiana-Monroe was the first game this season that wasn’t at Floyd Casey Stadium for the Bears, and the first game in which the Baylor Line did not run out on the field and greet the players. It was a little weird having to watch the Bears from afar, but I’ll be doing the same thing Saturday at noon as Baylor takes on West Virginia, so I guess I should get used to it. Although, just because I wasn’t at the game doesn’t mean I wasn’t in my line jersey watching every play, because I was. Yes, I got some looks, but it’s something I’m going to keep doing. I also had my laptop hooked up to my friend’s speakers and played the fight song every time Baylor scored a touchdown. I wanted the full experience of being there, as well as any excuse to drown out the commentating going on during the game.
It was difficult to get a feel around campus for last Friday’s game, in part because a lot of people were unaware the game would be played on Friday and not Saturday. It’s understandable that people are a little confused on start times if they don’t follow football to the extent me and some of my collogues do, considering Baylor has now played on a Sunday, Saturday, and Friday, respectively. Things should be back to some sense of normal now that Baylor will open up Big 12 play this weekend at West Virginia.
Since there isn’t too much to write about the line from last week’s game, you get my quick hits on what I thought while watching the game on a TV as opposed to in the middle of a sea of gold.
First off, I’ve always thought poorly of ESPN’s college football announcing, and Friday was a premier example of that. I won’t go too in depth about it here, but its games like that that make me want to switch my major in order to get into broadcasting. Why? Because I know that you can’t go through a receiver to get to the ball, because that is pass-interference at every level of play. There are sneaky ways to get around it, yes, but blatantly going through a receiver with your backhand is a penalty. If you go with your backhand, as a defensive back, then you should be picking the ball off. (I played defensive back in high school so matters like this upset me when someone misinforms the public at large)
Secondly, I’m a part of the #freelache movement, but I think he should be used with Glasco Martin in a thunder and lightning substitution pattern. Almost circa LenDale White and Reggie Bush at USC. I left Salubi out, because he’s a bit of a tweener. He’s not as fast as Seastrunk, or as big as Martin. Martin can grind out the short yardage plays, while Seastrunk gives you the possibility of a touchdown on every touch.
A very big positive from Friday’s game is that Tevin Reese played great. He was so far behind the coverage on one play that he stopped, waited a second or two for the ball to catch up with him, and was still behind the safety stumbling after him. A very big negative was the angles taken by our defense all night. They were absolutely horrible. Also, Nick Florence needs to stop being nervous at the beginning of games. He has the skill set to lead one of the more high-powered offenses in college football, and is surrounded by playmakers.
Students that I talk to are excited about the next home game. It is still a while away, but TCU should prepare for a raucous crowd on October 13. Lastly, West Virginia will be a tough opponent this Saturday, but if the Bears come out amped up like they were for the SMU game, and remember how to tackle, it should be a good one.