The Baylor Bears have left a trail of scorched earth in their wake through the first seven games of the 2013 season. They’re outgaining opponents by a staggering 400 yards of total offense per game, translating into an average margin of victory of 48 points. They’ve done that while sitting stars such as quarterback Bryce Petty and running back Lache Seastrunk for long stretches at the end of lopsided blowouts.
Those big numbers derive from Baylor coach Art Briles’ relentless brand of football. His team operates at a breakneck offensive pace and stretches defenses both horizontally and vertically with a big-armed quarterback and an armada of weapons at the skill positions. Defensively, the Bears thrive on big plays against opponents who are struggling to keep up. It’s like watching a positive feedback loop in motion, and it just keeps putting points on Baylor’s side of the scoreboard.
Ty and Dan recap Florida State’s awesome showing against Miami, Michigan State’s dominant performance against Michigan, and Ohio State’s style points against Purdue. Plus, a legendary second half for gamblers at the Cocktail Party, Notre Dame’s trouble with Navy, Mauktoberfest in November and a realistic question of whether anyone watches “Bones”.
We’re back for another installment of Tire Fires: showcasing the awful, the hot and the sticky of college football. It’s slim pickins’ this week, both in good games and obvious beat downs. Luckily I’ve been at this for a few weeks, so I know where to to find fire. Let’s begin.
One of the strengths of a computer rating system is the uniform application of criteria in the ranking of teams. However, that can also be one of the weaknesses. One potentially deceptive aspect of computer rankings manifests itself in the calculation of the strength of schedule. What exactly does “strength of schedule” mean?
Ty and Dan walk through a handful of rivalries, from Miami-Florida State to Florida-Georgia, and make their locks for college football’s Week 10. Plus, a quick debate about Missouri’s bounceback abilities, a handful of reasons to buy Michigan State, and a special (pants-themed) fundraiser for Operation Warm.