You’ve waited a whole offseason for this and now the time has come to drop my season prediction for our 2021 Baylor football season. Most pundits, and even Baylor fans, have us finishing on the low side with 4 wins and on the high side 8 wins. I think we’ll do much better than the high side and here are the reasons why:
- Baylor’s D is going to be as good or better than the 2019 Bears. Why? As much as I loved Brayvion, Iku is going to be more disruptive. He will force other teams to occupy him leaving lanes for our NFL bound duo of Pitre and Benard, to fly to the ball. Throw in Doyle and Ashton and I’m not sure you’ll find a better foursome in the Big 12. This will also give us one on one blocking against a very talented group of DE’s that should see a significant increase in QB sacks and hurries. With a mature group of DB’s, led by Texada, we should also see a significant increase in interceptions and turnovers in general. This inside info came from my next door neighbor who is one of Baylor’s defensive coaches. The D will be hard to score on.
- Baylor’s O is going to be better than 2019. I’m a believer in Grimes and his Wide Zone offensive scheme. Our O Line, who most worry about, will be better than the below average line we had in 2019 and from what I hear has taken to the new offensive scheme. Ebener will be amazing, Sqwirl electrifying, and Smith will down right punish people. The running game, along with Gerry’s legs, will open up the passing game for our seasoned and talented receiving group. Look for a nice jump from our O
- The X-Factor. Bohanon being named QB1 2 weeks ago was huge. He has all the legs, arm, and smarts to execute Grimes offense. Gerry will be a threat every time he touches the ball. I think he will settle in quickly and give us both the athleticism and leadership needed to keep the offense on track.
- Motivation. OU and UT announcing their upcoming abandonment of the Big 12 isn’t the main factor in the Bears motivation, but it isn’t a small one either. The Big 12 will be tough, but we will be discounted and sneak up on teams. Our physical brand and confidence will grow each week. This season is going to be fun
Now for the season prediction. Before you think I’m crazy, let me remind you of my prediction prior to the 2019 season: BNT’s 2019 Season Prediction
Texas State - W
Texas Southern - W
Kansas - W
Iowa St - W (more tents needed)
OSU - L (we stumble in Stillwater)
WVU - W
BYU - W (welcome to the Big 12)
UT - W (we beat the whorns “down”)
TCU - W (comfortably...that’s right, I said it)
OU - L (but it’s close)
KSU - W
TT - W (hahaha)
We will be playing OU in the Big 12 Championship.
This is going to be a fun season and nice insight into our future with Aranda.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the home games and grabbing a picture to post on my Game in Gifs articles.
Sic ‘em forever.