This non-conference schedule may not even be worth breaking down. Baylor has packed its non-conference schedule with less than enticing match ups. The slate lays out perfectly for Baylor. They shouldn’t really be tested until late into the conference schedule. That’s about as good as you can ask for when breaking in a new starting QB. The non-con should be a clean sweep by the boys from Waco, but we’ll take a look anyway.
Southern Methodist University
This in-state showdown shouldn’t trouble the Bears. The Mustangs won just one game last year. They’re hoping for improvement this year, and they return their top offensive talent at quarterback, running back, receiver, and their entire two deep on offensive line. However, even that’s not exactly good news. Bringing back all the top offensive and defensive talent from a team that ranked 124th is overall offense and 119th in defense isn’t necessarily a good thing. Experience will help the Mustangs in 2015, but head coach Chad Morris will need to make some wholesale changes by either developing, or bringing fresh, talent.
As far as the game with the Bears goes, SMU fans might just want to skip this one. The Bears won this game 45-0 last year, and after being left outside of the college football playoff and ridiculed for their weak non-conference, Art Briles isn’t going to want to let off the gas this year.
Lamar is coming off of its best season in school history and a trip to the FCS playoff in 2014. Wide receiver Reggie Begelton is on pace to set the all time yards, catches, and touchdown march by the end of the season for the Cardinals. Lamar is a quality FCS program but is no match for a team as talented as the Baylor Bears. Two years ago the Cards played Oklahoma State and lost in a 59-3 blowout. I would expect much of the same this time around in Waco.
Rice is coming off of a Hawaii Bowl win against Fresno State. With all of its major offensive and defensive production coming back this season, the Owls are poised to challenge for the conference title. Rice is most likely the best team on the non-conference slate for the Bears. It’s possible that if they aren’t on their toes, the Owls could give them a scare. Very unlikely, but possible. Baylor has won the last six meetings between the two schools, dating back to 1993. and holds an all time edge at 47-30-2.