Throughout this season, I plan to keep track of Baylor's offensive and defensive play just like I did a year ago, with projections for the rest of the season, a bit of analysis, and a lot of numbers. We won't get into the projections yet since we're just 3 weeks into the season, but we can start everything else.
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So far, Baylor is out-gaining our opponents by over 430 yards per game. Just for the sake of comparison, last year's team ended the season with the following averages in total yardage:
Offense: 618.8 yards per game (#1 nationally)
Defense: 360.3 yards per game (#28 nationally)
This year's stats are #1 (offense) and #5 (defense) nationally through 3 games. More ranks below:
Baylor National Ranks in Offensive Categories:
Total Offense: 1
Scoring Offense: 1
Passing Offense: 4
Rushing Offense: 30
Team Passing Efficiency: 3
3rd Down Conversion %: 7
4th Down Conversion %: 1
First Downs Offense: 5
In Bryce Petty and Seth Russell, Baylor fans are privileged to have the #7 and #3 QBs, respectively in all of NCAA in terms of overall QB rating. If you prefer ESPN's proprietary "Total QBR," they are #2 and #1.
Unfortunately, after not getting much run against Buffalo this past week, Salsa Nacho no longer leads the team in rushing yards or rushing TDs. Fear not; the Nacho will return.
You can get a sense from these stats why Baylor fans are a bit perplexed with the rushing game this season. For normal offensive teams, a team-wide 5.1 yards per carry average would be great, if not amazing. For Baylor, it's a slight drop from last year's 5.4. Linwood, in particular, has seen his per carry average fall from 6.9 to 4.5, nearly two and a half yards.
Even with as much as I loved our freshmen WRs coming into this season, I never would have expected those three players to be leading the team in receptions thus far.*
*Note: For some reason, Sports-Reference.com's charts don't include Davion Hall. I have no idea why that is. He'd be #3 on this list in receptions and yards with 13 and 192, respectively.
Baylor National Ranks in Defensive Categories
Total Defense: 5
Scoring Defense: 5
Team Pass Efficiency Defense: 18
Rushing Defense: 5
Pass Defense: 16
Team Sacks: 2
Team Tackles for Loss: 5
First Downs Defense: 7
I've never used Sports-Reference's defensive stats before, and I'll tell you why: a lot of players are missing. From what I can tell, K.J. Smith (9 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2 sacks), Andrew Billings (5, 3.5, 1), Terrell Burt (8, 1 TFL), Aiavion Edwards (6, .5, .5) are all missing, among others. I'll see if I can't email the guy over there and get those in posthaste.
As a whole, Baylor's defense has 28 tackles for loss and 15 sacks through 3 games. I've had trouble finding the team record for tackles for loss in a season, but sacks is 40, set in 1992.