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Your Baylor Bears are 5-0 once again and gunning for bowl eligibility with West Virginia coming to town this week. But before we get there, it's time for the Morning After.

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1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
BAYLOR(5-0, 2-0) 24 28 14 0 66
KANSAS(0-5, 0-2) 7 0 0 0 7
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Lawrence, Kan. - Attendance: 25,910

Post-Game Coverage from ODB:

Final Score: Baylor routs Kansas 66-7
Tweets of the Day: Baylor Walks All Over Jayhawks
Watch LaQuan McGowan catch his 2nd TD pass

Players of the Game:

Stats are a little skewed from this one since our starting offense left the game at halftime (didn't even have their pads on thereafter), and the starting defense followed quickly.  That means Raaquan Davis, our backup MLB, led the team in tackles with 11, Grant Campbell was second with 7, Chance Waz and Jamal Palmer both had 5, and then 6 different guys had 3.

RB Shock Linwood -- 13/135 and 1 TD (all in first half)
WR Corey Coleman -- 7/108 and 2 TDs (all in first half)

5 More Thoughts:

  1. Having rewatched the game this morning, I still feel like we're playing possum in a sense on offense by not showing our hand.  Most of yesterday's offense was fairly vanilla, again, and particularly so after halftime.  This week should be the first time we see the full complement of Baylor offensive playcalls when West Virginia comes into town.
  2. Kansas clearly sold out to stop the deep passes in a repeat of the WVU/KSU game plans from the last couple of years.  The difference: they didn't have a front four even remotely capable of stopping our running game.  It's not clear anyone in the Big 12 does, but if Baylor's offense struggles at any point in conference play, that will be why.  You can't beat Baylor unless you can stop the run without committing additional players or getting your secondary sucked up on the play-action.  Otherwise, the Brileses take what you'll give them, beat you into submission with tempo, and then cruise.
  3. I was extremely happy with our rushing defense on the whole yesterday after looking back over the stats and seeing the game again.  We gave up 69 yards on 39 carries for 1.8 yards per carry.  That's good run defense no matter who you're playing, and it works directly into Bennett's strategy for making opposing teams one-dimensional and forcing mistakes.
  4. With yesterday's results, the Big 12 now has a clear demarcation between Baylor/TCU at the top and everyone else.  Sure, Oklahoma State is undefeated, and I'm not trying to discount that.  But their three Big 12 wins all came in games decided by a touchdown or loss, and all involved a fair amount of luck.  I'd put them #3 in the conference right now by default, but it's a big jump down.
  5. Going into the game, I wanted to see a completely dominant effort by the Bears against a team vastly inferior to them.  We got that.  The relative heroics of the first drive aside, Baylor held Kansas' offense in check for the entirety of the game, created three turnovers (one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown), and once again, could have scored as many points as it wanted to.  It's a testament to Briles that those starters came out at halftime and that he left no doubt (because they were all pad-less) what he was doing.  Anybody that criticizes him for that is creating a no-win situation where whatever he did, they'd be pissed.

Mark Seymour's Top 10

Almost immediately after I posted the Morning After last week, I realized that I should have included Utah in my top group.  I'll correct that mistake today with my top 4, and this is not in order:

Finishing out the Top 10 in some order:

*I include Alabama more out of fear of not including them than anything else.  I'm not entirely sure how good they are at this point.

LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS:

No. 3 Football Rolls to 66-7 Win Over Kansas - Baylor Official Athletic Site
Seth Russell tossed three touchdown passes, Shock Linwood ran for 135 yards and a score, and third-ranked Baylor romped to a 66-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

Feldman's Top 10: All Baylor does is ball, but are Bears nation's best? (VIDEO) | FOX Sports
The Bears are the most explosive team in the country but are they the No. 1 squad after Week 6?

Big 12: Baylor eases up and still blows out Kansas 66-7 - Houston Chronicle
Russell tossed three touchdown passes, two of them to Coleman, and Linwood ran for 135 yards and a score as the third-ranked Bears romped to a 66-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday. All three stars sat the second half, resting for what Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) hopes is a national title push. The two-time Big 12 champions have blown out every opponent so far but still have a tough road ahead, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU in consecutive weeks to finish the regular season.

More excitement ahead as No. 2 TCU continues to keep hearts racing - CBSSports.com
No. 2 TCU survived a scare on the road at Kansas State, but for the Horned Frogs to continue winning, they will have to overcome plenty more drama, explains CBS Sports senior columnist Dennis Dodd.

Baylor gets easy blowout, experience for backups in 66-7 win at Kansas - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
No. 3 Baylor breezed through its 66-7 road win over winless Kansas in a game that got out of hand as quickly as expected.

66-7: Kansas Jayhawks stay winless, Baylor Bears stay unbeaten | FOX Sports
Third-ranked Baylor romped to a 66-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

Baylor starters make quick work of Kansas | Reuters
- The chance an impact was restrictive Saturday for the Baylor regulars.

WATCH: 410-pound Baylor TE LaQuan McGowan catches 18-yard TD - CBSSports.com
The big man got loose in the middle of the field for an 18-yard touchdown reception.

New College Football Playoff and bowl projections, where it's hard not to put Michigan up top - SBNation.com
Here are some predictions for every bowl game, with Ohio State still lingering in the Playoff despite being the second best team in its division so far.

Charlie Strong beat Oklahoma. Your argument is invalid. - SBNation.com
Welcome to The Top Whatever, in which Spencer Hall ranks the teams he feels like ranking at this moment, and not a team more.

Baylor notebook: Coleman continues record-book climb; Oakman set all-time mark - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Catching two more touchdown passes, Corey Coleman continued his assault on the Baylor record book.

TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:

Update from CFB Sunday this morning:

Have a great Sunday, everybody!