2008 Baylor Bears football team
|2008 Baylor Bears football|
|Conference||Big 12 Conference
|2008 record||4–8 (2–6 Big 12)|
|Head coach||Art Briles (1st year)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Randy Clements (1st year)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Philip Montgomery (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Brian Norwood (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Floyd Casey Stadium
The 2008 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the college football season of 2007-2008. The team was led by head coach Art Briles in his first year in the position. They played their home games at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.
Two Baylor players, linebacker Joe Pawelek and defensive back Jordan Lake, made the preseason All-Big 12 team. Pawelek made at least 86 tackles in each of the previous two seasons, while Lake posted 120 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles, and recovered two in 2007. Lake was Baylor's only all-Big 12 postseason selection in 2007.
The Bears returned 15 starters, including 9 on offense, and 6 on defense.
In their preseason countdown, Rivals.com ranked the Bears' 2008 squad 92nd out of all 120 Division I FBS teams. The official Big 12 media preseason poll picked the Bears to finish last in the Big 12 South.
|2008 Big 12 football standings|
|#19 Missouri xy||5||–||3||10||–||4|
|#5 Oklahoma xy†||7||–||1||12||–||2|
|#4 Texas x‡||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|#12 Texas Tech x||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|#16 Oklahoma State||5||–||3||9||–||4|
Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
|† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
- Art Briles — Head Coach
- Randy Clements — Co-Offensive Coordinator (Line)
- Philip Montgomery — Co-Offensive Coordinator (QBs & RBs)
- Brian Norwood — Defensive Coordinator
- Chris Achuff — Assistant Coach (Defensive Tackles)
- Dino Babers — Assistant Coach (WR)/Recruiting Coordinator
- Kendal Briles — Assistant Coach (Receivers)
- Larry Hoefer — Assistant Coach (Linebackers)
- Kaz Kazadi — Head Strength Coach
- Kim McCloud — Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
- Theo Young — Assistant Coach (Defensive Ends)
|August 30||7:00 PM||#23 Wake Forest*||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||FSN||L 13–41||30,633|
|September 6||6:00 PM||Northwestern State*||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||W 51–6||36,258|
|September 12||7:30 PM||Washington State*||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||FSN||W 45–17||25,595|
|September 19||11:00 PM||at Connecticut*||Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT||ESPN2||L 28–31||38,870|
|October 4||11:30 AM||#1 Oklahoma||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||FSN||L 14–49||37,145|
|October 11||6:00 PM||Iowa State||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||FCS||W 38–10||30,528|
|October 18||2:00 PM||at #10 Oklahoma State||Boone Pickens Stadium • Stillwater, OK||L 6–34||50,080|
|October 25||11:30 AM||at Nebraska||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||Versus||L 20–32||85,104|
|November 1||3:00 PM||#14 Missouri||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||L 28–31||35,142|
|November 8||11:00 AM||at #7 Texas||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||FSN||L 21–45||97,715|
|November 15||3:05 PM||Texas A&M||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX (Battle of the Brazos)||W 41–21||43,549|
|November 29||2:30 PM||at #7 Texas Tech||Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX||Versus||L 28–35||53,470|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Three Baylor players—Jason Smith, Jordan Lake, and Joe Pawelek—made the All-Big 12 first team. Derek Epperson and Dan Gay received honorable mention, while Robert Griffin III was named Offensive Freshman of the Year. Griffin became Baylor's second Big 12 individual award winner, joining Daniel Sepulveda, who won Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006.
- "2008 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team Announced" (Press release). Retrieved July 23, 2008.[dead link]
- "2008 Rivals Preseason Countdown". Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
- Hawkins, Stephen (August 19, 2008). "Briles' Bears Focus Only on Present". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved August 19, 2008.
- "Big 12 Announces 2008 Media Preseason Football Poll" (Press release). Retrieved July 23, 2008.[dead link]
- "Big 12 Doormat Baylor Aims for Better Days". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011.
- Baylor University Bears - Official Athletic Site
- "2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". Retrieved 3 December 2008.