I'm going to come right out and say it-- I basically took yesterday off from the blog for all intents and purposes. I fully anticipated getting up, doing all the day after stuff I normally do, and treating that Saturday like any other Sunday. Then my PC crashed and I just didn't. So we'll get that now, instead!
(3-0, 0-0) 8/7
Buffalo, N.Y. • Attendance: 24,714
(1-2, 0-0) NR/NR
Before I go on, I'm going to level with you for a minute again: I don't understand why they call these videos "motions." They're basically slideshows of pictures. Don't get me wrong-- that's fine. I'm not saying anything negative about the videos. I just don't get the "motions" nomenclature. I can't be alone on this.
QB Bryce Petty: 23/34 for 416 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
WR Jay Lee: 9 catches for 136 yards and 2 TDs
WR Lynx Hawthorne: 7 catches for 123 yards and 2 TDs
WR K.D Cannon: 6 catches for 189 yards and 1 TD
RB Shock Linwood: 20 carries for 98 yards and 2 TDs
Baylor Defense: 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
I've now had a full day to watch and process this game without posting anything about it since immediately after. That's probably a good thing. I rewatched the game last night after everything of note ended with an eye toward the defense, and I'm happier now than I was then with how things turned out. We had a few hiccups, to be sure, that need to be worked out. But I'm confident that our major issues-- tackling, loss of focus, a couple of blown coverages where safeties and corners weren't on the same page-- will be. We've got two weeks before our next game against Iowa State in which we can put the lessons learned to good use, and I'll be interested to see what, if any, changes are made.
Offensively, the only real concern I have is that we don't seem willing or capable of attacking the edge as in years past. That allows teams to overload the inside, negating much of our bread and butter in the running game. It's not purely an issue of "getting enough push"; our offensive linemen have often been outnumbered because teams simply don't have to respect the outside run. I wish I had a good reason for why that is other than that we haven't really evidenced a need or willingness to test Petty or the RBs in that area. But it is something that needs to get fixed, especially as we start to face better defenses with better athletes at the LB position. We're not just going to be able to line up and lean on people running our read offense from the shotgun.
Mark Seymour's Top 10:
This is where I'm almost glad I put off doing this post, since a couple of teams that were in my rankings last week lost or nearly did.
1. Oregon Ducks
2. Oklahoma Sooners
3. Florida State Seminoles
4. Alabama Crimson Tide
5. Baylor Bears
6. Auburn Tigers
7. Texas A&M Aggies
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9. LSU Tigers
10. Michigan State Spartans
I stopped at 10 this week because I didn't want to go any further.
LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS
Not much here that Conner hasn't already gotten to. Trust me, I looked. Let's start with non-Baylor stuff:
What happened Saturday, Sept. 14 in college football: Scores and 3 things to know - SBNation.com
South Carolina claws back from the dead, the Pac-12 is a sudden mystery, and every non-power team now has a single, purple target. Saturday's full FBS scores within, plus recap links.
College Football Playoff Threat Watch, Week 3: The only way to lose is to play - SBNation.com
Every time you send your football team onto the field, you run the risk of looking bad. If you look bad, you probably aren't going to make the Playoff. Therefore, you should never send your team onto the field.
2014 college football rankings, Week 4: Compiling the biggest Top 25s - SBNation.com
Combining four big college football top 25 rankings in one place, for your convenience. We'll add the Coaches and AP polls as soon as they're released (likely after noon ET), but for now, have a look at what the computers think.
Now Baylor stuff:
Bears stampede Buffalo behind Petty’s 4 TDs, 63-21 - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
AMHERST, N.Y. — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty couldn’t have looked more fresh and alert if he had taken a pregame swim at Niagara Falls.
Baylor notebook: More Cannon records, Petty sharp, BU’s jumbo look, more - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
AMHERST, N.Y. — Freshman receiver KD Cannon keeps finding ways to get into the Baylor record book.
For UB football, there are positives to take comfort in - Sports - The Buffalo News
An hour before kickoff Friday, Danny White climbed the stairs leading to the top of UB Stadium and looked across campus.
And... that's it for now.
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Gonna lead off with this one:
Picked Baylor over Texas for a reason!! Cause they are simply better! Everything is better at Baylor!— Almighty10 (@ChadPres10) September 14, 2014
On, that's good.
KD cannon highlights vs buffalo pic.twitter.com/4SL1cB6KZL— nick pants (@nick_pants) September 13, 2014
Baylor’s Bryce Petty has now thrown at least 2 TD passes in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the FBS— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) September 13, 2014
We tell you what you need to know about Baylor's big win and Gunner Kiel's impressive debut here: http://t.co/XzRl9Ntrcp— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 13, 2014
Five quick thoughts on Baylor's 63-21 thumping over Baylor Friday night. http://t.co/rOFTLrEoZz— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) September 13, 2014
I fanshot this right after the game and am reposting it now. Read it.
So, ESPN broadcasts spent last 30-min trying 2 downgrade @BUFootball, then said, "they've looked like a Top 10 tonight." Make up your mind.— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) September 13, 2014
I do love the fact that Baylor absolutely demoralizes lesser foes early on. It's what really good teams do. And they are really good.— Corby Davidson (@corbydavidson) September 13, 2014
Baylor has had some big-time deep threats. KD Cannon is averaging 34.8 yards per catch. No one else in the Big 12 averaging more than 27.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 13, 2014
Lou Holtz: "This is a better Baylor team than last year, b/c I think their defense is better... Baylor is very capable of going undefeated."— Baylor Proud (@BaylorProud) September 13, 2014
How many easy touchdowns has Baylor scored in last 4 years where the slot WR just runs straight down the field? They are so good with that— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 13, 2014
"Shawn Oakman is basically LeBron James in pads." -@dannykanell— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) September 13, 2014
Should be quite a bit going up throughout the day today. We're kicking off a bye week now, so if you have something you want to see specifically, just let me know.