Sports Illustrated released its Post-Spring, Too Early CFB Power Rankings for 2015, and where Baylor falls on the list just might surprise you. The Bears come in at #2 on SI's rankings, right behind Ohio State. Here's what Ben Glicksman had to say about the Bears:
This would've seemed strange to write only a few years ago, but the Bears’ playmakers get the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Bryce Petty, Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood are gone, but quarterback Seth Russell went 14 of 21 for 100 yards in the spring game and seems poised to keep Art Briles's attack humming at Bugatti Veyron-speed. Other players of note: 6’9" defensive end Shawn Oakman, who has already established a reputation as the nation's most intimidating player; tight end LaQuan McGowan, a 400-pounder who scored the most memorable touchdown of bowl season; and redshirt freshman wideout Ishmael Zamora, who makes catches like this and is primed to break out in a big way.
Glicksman also refers to Baylor as the "most established team in the Big 12 in recent years," at the same time acknowledging that Russell isn't proven and remains a relative unknown.
TCU falls just outside the Top 5 of these Power Rankings, coming in at #6 on the list. Oklahoma at 22 and Oklahoma State at 25 round out the Big 12's presence on the rankings, with Texas in "the next five."
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