10.14.2013 Daily Bears Report, Early Edition

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Wilner voted Baylor 20th on his AP ballot.

The "Snydercat Magic" was alive and well in Manhattan this weekend, but the Bears escaped with a win and a better awareness of their weaknesses. An uncharacteristically slow and drop-prone offense still scored more than a decent Kansas State defense, and the "bend but don't break" defense came up with stops when most needed.

Baylor is one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the Big 12, and stayed that way during a weekend that saw Oklahoma fall, making the Big 12 title picture even more obscure. The Bears are ranked No. 13 in the first Harris Poll, a 105-voter poll that is part of the BCS formula. In AP poll news, Alligator Alley (Florida) also thinks that Jon Wilner is not very good at voting.

No. 23 soccer played to a scoreless draw with No. 15 Texas Tech on Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak and recording their seventh home shutout of the season. Michelle Kloss made four saves in protecting the shutout, and both Karlee Summey and Bri Campos barely missed on game-winning goals in regulation.

While men's golf took second at the Rod Myers Invite, a former Baylor standout finally won his first PGA Tour title and earned a trip to the Masters, as well as a top-50 ranking. The current Bears finished three back of tournament champion Northwestern, and were led by junior Kyle Jones, who finished third overall. Jimmy Walker, class of 2000, finished the Frys.com Open with a 5-under 66 round on Sunday to take the win, his first in his 8 years on the Tour.

What you may have missed on ODB over the weekend: There might be more questions now than before the win over Kansas State . . . Links from Sunday morning about Baylor and college football . . . BGoodrich's excellent post on the difference between this year's team and past Baylor groups . . . Baylor finally won a conference game away from the friendly confines . . . and Ohio Baylor Fan sets out a blueprint for a top-notch fanpost.

QUICK HITS

It’s Baylor Homecoming Week! « Baylor Proud

What if we'd had a College Football Playoff selection committee from 1998 to 2012? - SBNation.com
What if the College Football Playoff committee had been around for every year of the BCS? And does it even matter who's on it? Much of the time, the committee will end up arguing about one team, not four.

Re-ranking the Big 12's top 10 players - ESPN
In August, this blog reviewed the 25 best players in the Big 12 entering the 2013 season. Now, midway through the season and just as conference play really starts to get interesting, it's time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Taking stock of Week 7 in the Big 12: Team of the week: Texas. Not only did the Longhorns pull off the biggest Red River upset in 17 years, they comp

Big 12 midseason report - ESPN
Texas was on its deathbed; now it’s a contender. The Oklahoma schools, once bastions of quarterbacking, suddenly have issues there. West Virgini

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 7 - ESPN
After a Red River upset, the power rankings have a new top two: 1. Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12, last week 2): Kansas State coach Bill Snyder had the righ

Big 12 bowl projections for Week 7 - ESPN
Oklahoma was exposed, Baylor and Texas Tech survived while Texas simply points to the Big 12 standings with a wry grin on its face.

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