4/4 BAYLOR (0-0, 0-0) vs. NR/NR SMU (0-0, 0-0)
Sept. 4, 2015 | 6 p.m. CT
Dallas, Texas | Ford Stadium (32,000)
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Preview/Prediction Thread: 86% have Baylor winning by 30+ so far
SMU SB Nation Blog: Underdog Dynasty
Spread: Baylor -36 | O/U 73.5
The Big News:
At this point, it doesn't appear that Baylor has any major injuries going into tonight's game. It does, however, have what I like to call "self-inflicted injuries" (a phrase I'm using for the very first time ever): suspensions.
News broke relatively late last night that Baylor suspended two defensive starters, DE Shawn Oakman and S Orion Stewart, for today's game. Both will apparently return for Week 2, but their losses now are significant. And to be honest, because of uncertainty at the backup safety spot behind Stewart, I'm thinking that's the biggest problem. You may disagree.
At this time, we don't know why either player was suspended. Unless someone breaks that story unexpectedly, we're not likely to ever know, either. But it's significant, at least to me, that both were suspended for just the one game after traveling to Dallas with the team. I have to think that it if it was something more serious, they'd be in Waco right now.
As I said last night, I'd expect that KJ Smith moves over to RE to replace Oakman, while Taion Sells probably slides into the safety spot for Stewart.
LINKS LINKS LINKS
As usual, I'll start with the general to whet the appetite:
How to watch Baylor vs. SMU on TV or online, plus 3 things to know - SBNation.com
Baylor is a huge favorite against SMU after routing the Mustangs, 45-0 to open the 2014 season.
College football's opening night final scores, fun stuff, and 3 results to know - SBNation.com
College football's opening onslaught is on.
College football TV/streaming schedule guide, Week 1: 5 straight days of action - SBNation.com
The season's here, y'all, and you're busy watching college football through Labor Day.
Big 12 viewer's guide: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's a short preview of each Big 12 matchup from the rest of opening weekend.
Then we follow with the specific:
Shawn Oakman Suspended, Will Not Play in Baylor Season Opener vs. SMU | Bleacher Report
The latest Baylor Football rankings, news, scores, live coverage, predictions, picks against the spread, recruiting updates and more
No either/or for new Baylor QB: Seth Russell proven commodity
Seth Russell's ascension to the starting role for Baylor football continues a pattern that has served coach Art Briles and the Bears program well.
Seth Russell takes Baylor’s reins, returns home vs. SMU - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Going back to his home turf, Seth Russell will begin writing his legacy as Baylor’s starting quarterback on Friday night.
Nichols: SMU hoping Chad Morris continues to follow Art Briles' career path in reviving football program | Dallas Morning News
UNIVERSITY PARK — Chad Morris followed a similar path to Baylor’s Art Briles, winning state titles as a Texas high school coach before becoming hot property in college.
And now the tweets.
TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS
Baylor has as many QBs, period, as Bama has starting QBs. Why the Bears take a different approach, per Briles: http://t.co/2cHWvEwmpr— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) September 4, 2015
I'm sure there will be more later.