September 27, 2006

Behind enemy lines: Baylor Bears

Kansas State (3-1) and Baylor (1-3) will open their respective Big 12 Conference seasons on Saturday night in Waco. The Bears suffered through a disappointing non-conference portion of the schedule, and we asked Publisher Jason Howell how he expects Baylor to respond this weekend against the Wildcats.

1.) Few would argue that Baylor isn't improved, but the Bears are still just 1-3. How confident is Baylor heading into this game after such heartbreaking losses against TCU, Washington State and Army?

The tone of the team may be down, but this team knows it has talent, and after last season knows they can win ball games. I don't think there is so much a loss of confidence as great disappointment, and I think we'll see Saturday if they care to fight or fall. I think the confidence is still there, but they aren't wearing it on their sleeves quite as much, and I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing.

2.) The Bears look to have played pretty well defensively thus far. K-State has struggled some offensively, do the Bears feel pretty good about their chances defensively on Saturday?

The one thing that has been consistent and kept Baylor in games in 2006 has been their defense. The Bears secondary, led by C.J. Wilson who has 4 interceptions on the year, should match-up well with the Kansas State receivers, and if there is one aspect of this year's Baylor team that has a reason to feel confident, it is the defense. This season they have scored 16 points (2 TDs and a safety) and set up two Baylor touchdown drives with turnovers deep inside the opponent's territory. They have forced 11 turnovers on the season and rank No. 6 nationally in turnovers gained.

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