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2018 Baylor Bears football
Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 45–38 vs. Vanderbilt
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2018 record7–6 (4–5 Big 12)
Head coachMatt Rhule (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorGlenn Thomas (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJeff Nixon (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow (2nd season)
Home stadiumMcLane Stadium
(Capacity: 45,140)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →

Template:2018 Big 12 football standings The 2018 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears played their home games at the McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. They competed as a member of the Big 12 Conference and were led by second-year head coach Matt Rhule. The team improved on its 1–11 record from last season, as they would finish 7–6, 4–5 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for 5th place. They were invited to the Texas Bowl, where they defeated Vanderbilt.

Previous seasonEdit

The Bears finished the 2017 season 1–11, 1–8 in Big 12 play to finish in ninth place.

RecruitingEdit

Position KeyEdit

RecruitsEdit

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[1] Sam Tecklenburg C JR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[2] Denzel Mims WR JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[3] Ira Lewis DT SR
Outland Trophy[4] Ira Lewis DT SR
Lou Groza Award[5] Connor Martin K JR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[6] Denzel Mims WR JR

Big 12 media pollEdit

The Big 12 media poll was released on July 12, 2018 with the Bears predicted to finish in ninth place.[7]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 509 (46)
2 West Virginia 432 (2)
3 TCU 390 (1)
4 Texas 370 (1)
5 Oklahoma State 300
6 Kansas State 283 (2)
7 Iowa State 250
8 Texas Tech 149
9 Baylor 125
10 Kansas 52

ScheduleEdit

Baylor announced its football schedule on October 26, 2017. They will play 12 games with 6 games at home, 3 among non-conference and 3 Big 12 teams, and 6 away games, against 1 non-conference opponents and 5 Big 12 teams in the 2018 Big 12 Conference football season.[8]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.Abilene Christian*FSNW 55–2745,330
September 86:00 p.m.at UTSA*FacebookW 37–2042,071
September 152:30 p.m.Duke*
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FS1L 27–4040,442
September 222:30 p.m.Kansas
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FS1W 26–736,725
September 292:30 p.m.at No. 6 OklahomaABCL 33–6686,642
October 62:30 p.m.Kansas State
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FS1W 37–3436,888
October 132:30 p.m.at No. 9 TexasESPNL 17–2393,882
October 256:00 p.m.at No. 13 West VirginiaFS1L 14–5853,117
November 311:00 a.m.Oklahoma Statedagger
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FS1W 35–3143,492
November 102:30 p.m.at No. 23 Iowa StateFS1L 14–2853,860
November 1711:00 a.m.TCU
FS1L 9–1645,140
November 2411:00 a.m.vs. Texas TechFS1W 35–2427,308
December 278:00 p.m.vs. Vanderbilt*ESPNW 45–3851,104
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[9]

Game summariesEdit

Abilene ChristianEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 13 7 0 27
Bears 17 21 10 7 55



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


at UTSAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 10 10 7 10 37
Roadrunners 3 10 0 7 20



Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2017 L, 10–17


DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 16 7 10 40
Bears 0 0 13 14 27



Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2017 L, 20–34


KansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 7 0 7
Bears 7 16 3 0 26




Overall record Last meeting Result
13–4 2017 W, 38–9


at OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 6 3 14 10 33
No. 6 Sooners 14 14 21 17 66



Overall record Last meeting Result
3–23 2017 L, 41–49


Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 7 0 20 34
Bears 3 9 8 17 37



Overall record Last meeting Result
6–9 2017 L, 20–33


Baylor held a slight edge in the pregame analysis. Coming into the game Baylor was considered better than they were at this same time last year and has won 3 games (Kansas, Texas-San Antonio, and Abilene Christian), the Bears have also lost 2 (Duke, Oklahoma). In Baylor's previous game against Oklahoma, they achieved 493 yards of offense in their loss -- something expected to be a challenge for Kansas State on defense.[10]

The game started with Kansas State holding the lead at the end of the first and second quarters. Baylor pulled ahead in the third quarter but missed several field goals. Baylor's Charlie Brewer threw for 296 yards and Kansas State's Alex Barnes rushed for 250 yards[11] (he ran for 129 yards and four touchdowns in the 2016 matchup also at Baylor).[12]

Kansas State had its share of mistakes: K-State missed a field goal and an extra point and were also ineffective on kickoff returns. Kansas State also gave up a fumble on the kickoff return after a controversial play review to start the third quarter and Baylor scored a touchdown two plays later.[13] Wildcat turnovers and penalties led to three touchdowns for Baylor.[14] They also had problems with a punt return they recovered and an extra point was blocked.[12]

Baylor's Connor Martin had a rough day as the kicker, missing three field goals and an extra point, yet among all that he ended up kicking the game-winning field goal from 29 yards with 8 seconds left in the game. The final score was a Baylor victory, 37-34.[12]

at TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 7 0 17
No. 9 Longhorns 3 20 0 0 23



Overall record Last meeting Result
26–76–5 2017 L, 7–38


at West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 14 0 14
No. 13 Mountaineers 10 31 10 7 58



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2017 L, 36–38


Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 3 14 7 31
Bears 0 14 7 14 35



Overall record Last meeting Result
16–20 2017 L, 16–59


at Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 7 14
No. 23 Cyclones 7 10 11 0 28



Overall record Last meeting Result
9–7 2017 L, 13–23


TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Horned Frogs 3 6 7 0 16
Bears 6 0 3 0 9



Overall record Last meeting Result
53–53–7 2017 L, 22–45


vs Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 14 7 35
Red Raiders 10 7 0 7 24



Overall record Last meeting Result
37–38–1 2017 L, 24–38


vs Vanderbilt–Texas BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0
Bears 0



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1954 W, 25–19


StatisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Scores against non-conference opponents
1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 0
Baylor 0



Scores against the Big 12
1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 0
Baylor 0



Scores against all opponents
1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 0
Baylor 0



Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
3 67 Jalen Hurd WR San Francisco 49ers

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/news/?article_id=100. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. "2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List". July 19, 2018. http://biletnikoffaward.com/2018-biletnikoff-award-watch-list. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  3. "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. http://touchdownclub.com/nagurski-trophy/watch-list/. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2018/outland180724.html. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. http://www.lougrozaaward.com/Current_Watch_List.html. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. "2018 Nominations The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award". August 16, 2018. http://www.earlcampbellaward.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Nominations-The-Earl-Campbell-Tyler-Rose-Award.pdf. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=211734508
  8. "Baylor Unveils Football Schedule". October 26, 2017. http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/football/baylor-unveils-football-schedule/. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  9. "2018 Baylor Bears Football Schedule". FB Schedules. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-18/2018-baylor-bears-football-schedule.php. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  10. Robinett, Kellis (September 30, 2018). "Grades from Kansas State's 19-14 loss to Texas and a look ahead to Baylor". MSN Sports. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/grades-from-kansas-states-19-14-loss-to-texas-and-a-look-ahead-to-baylor/ar-BBNLH1a. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  11. "Kansas State vs. Baylor (box score)". ESPN.com. October 6, 2018. http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401013031. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Baylor beats K-State on Martin’s FG with 8 seconds left". Fox Sports. October 6, 2018. https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/baylor-beats-k-state-on-martin-s-fg-with-8-seconds-left-100618. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. Robinett, Kellis (October 6, 2018). "Mistakes cost Kansas State Wildcats in 37-34 loss to Baylor Bears". Wichita Eagle. https://www.kansas.com/sports/college/big-12/kansas-state/article219612605.html#storylink=cpy. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  14. Green, Arne (October 6, 2018). "Kansas State football loses heartbreaker to Baylor 37-34". Topeka Capital-Journal. http://www.cjonline.com/sports/20181006/kansas-state-football-loses-heartbreaker-37-34-to-baylor. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
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