2019 Baylor Bears football team

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2019 Baylor Bears football
Baylor Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
CFPNo. 7
2019 record11–1 (8–1 Big 12)
Head coachMatt Rhule (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorGlenn Thomas (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJeff Nixon (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow (3rd season)
Home stadiumMcLane Stadium
(Capacity: 45,140)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Oklahoma y   8 1         11 1  
No. 7 Baylor y   8 1         11 1  
No. 25 Oklahoma State   5 4         8 4  
Kansas State   5 4         8 4  
Iowa State   5 4         7 5  
Texas   5 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 6         5 7  
TCU   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Baylor vs. Oklahoma
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 6, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Baylor Bears football team represents Baylor University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears play their home games at the McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas and compete in the Big 12 Conference. They are led by third-year head coach Matt Rhule.

Preseason[edit]

Big 12 media poll[edit]

The 2019 Big 12 media days were held July 15–16, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. In the Big 12 preseason media poll, Baylor was predicted to finish in sixth in the standings.[1]

Big 12 media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 761 (68)
2 Texas 696 (9)
3 Iowa State 589
4 TCU 474
5 Oklahoma State 460
6 Baylor 453
7 Texas Tech 281
8 West Virginia 241
9 Kansas State 191
10 Kansas 89

Preseason All-Big 12 teams[edit]

To be released

Schedule[edit]

Baylor announced its 2019 football schedule on October 18, 2018.[2] The 2019 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 p.m.Stephen F. Austin*ESPN+W 56–1743,013
September 73:00 p.m.UTSA*
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FSNW 63–1440,274
September 216:00 p.m.at Rice*CBSSNW 21–1320,198
September 282:30 p.m.Iowa State
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
ESPNW 23–2142,359
October 52:30 p.m.at Kansas StateESPN2W 31–1250,448
October 123:00 p.m.Texas TechdaggerNo. 22
FS1W 33–30 2OT47,264
October 193:00 p.m.at Oklahoma StateNo. 18FOXW 45–2755,060
October 317:00 p.m.West VirginiaNo. 12
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
ESPNW 17–1446,379
November 911:00 a.m.at TCUNo. 12FS1W 29–23 3OT45,870
November 166:30 p.m.No. 10 OklahomaNo. 13
ABCL 31–3450,223
November 232:30 p.m.TexasNo. 14
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, TX
FS1W 24–1049,109
November 302:30 p.m.at KansasNo. 9ESPNW 61–622,531
December 711:00 a.m.vs. No. 6 OklahomaNo. 7ABC
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Stephen F. Austin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 7 0 0 10 17
Bears 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0[4] 2011 Baylor, 48–0

UTSA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 0 0 7 7 14
Bears 14 21 14 14 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2018 Baylor, 37-20

at Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 14 0 0 21
Owls 0 3 3 7 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
49–30–2 2016 Baylor, 38–10

Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 0 0 0 21 21
Bears 0 7 13 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–8 2018 Iowa State, 28–14

at Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 10 7 14 31
Wildcats 3 0 3 6 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 2018 Baylor, 37–34

Baylor's defense proved formidable and produced two turnovers, while their offense completed a blanced run game.[5] Baylor remained undefeated with the 31-12 win over Kansas State.[6]

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Red Raiders 3 3 7 773 30
No. 22 Bears 0 3 14 376 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–38–1 2018 Baylor, 35–24

For the team's homecoming game, Baylor replaced their traditional interlocking 'BU' on their green helmet with the 'Sailor Bear' logo originally created by Arthur Evans for the second straight year.[citation needed]

Texas Tech traveled to Waco to play Baylor, the two teams had played one another at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX nearly every year from 2009-2018. The 2010 game was played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX, the only game in this stretch that was not played at AT&T Stadium.[7]

The first half of the game was a defensive battle between the two teams. Texas Tech scored only 6 points in the half with two field goals from Trey Wolff while Baylor only scored 3 with a 37-yard field goal from John Mayers. The Red Raiders had 182 yards of offense in the first half while the Bears had 117. Baylor scored the first touchdown of the game for either team on its first drive of the half with a 4-yard run from Charlie Brewer. After trailing for most of the half, the Red Raiders scored a touchdown with 1:37 left in regulation to take a 20–17 lead. The Bears marched down field with Mayers making a 19-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game. Baylor started overtime on offense with Texas Tech on defense. During the drive, center Jake Fruhmorgen appeared to have fumbled the ball on a snap with the ball being recovered by Jaylon Hutchings for the Red Raiders and the play was blown dead quickly. The fumble was overturned as Baylor was penalized for an illegal snap penalty. The call was heavily criticized and the following day Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced that the Big 12 had told him that the penalty was the wrong call and that Texas Tech should have gained possession.[8][9] Hocutt was later fined by the conference for making the announcement in violation of league policy. [10]

After winning in 2 overtime periods by a score of 33-30, Baylor moved up 4 spots in the AP poll from #22 to #18.[citation needed]

at Oklahoma State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Bears 7 3 14 21 45
Cowboys 6 7 7 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–20 2018 Baylor, 35–31

West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 0 14 0 14
No. 12 Bears 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 2018 West Virginia, 58–14

at TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
No. 12 Bears 0 0 3 6776 29
Horned Frogs 3 6 0 0770 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
52–55–7 2018 TCU, 16–9

Heading into Week 11 of the college football season, Baylor is on top of the Big 12 conference standings with an undefeated 8-0 record. Recent victories over West Virginia and Texas Tech were close and TCU is looking to win a few more games to become eligible for a bowl game. Both teams have been able to score and the game is listed as one of the most "compelling matchups" for the week by MSN Sports.[11]

Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Sooners 3 7 7 17 34
No. 13 Bears 14 17 0 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–25 2018 Oklahoma, 66–33

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Longhorns 0 3 0 7 10
No. 14 Bears 0 7 14 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–78–4 2018 Texas, 23–17

at Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Bears 21 13 14 13 61
Jayhawks 0 0 6 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–4 2018 Baylor, 26–7

vs. Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0
Sooners 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–26 2019 Oklahoma, 34–31

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR RV 22 18 14 12 11 12 13 11 8  
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR RV 23 18 14 11 10 10 13 10 8  
CFP Not released 12 13 14 9 7 Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sooners Picked First in Media Preseason Poll". big12sports.com. Big 12 Conference. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Football 2019 Schedule Announced". Baylor University Department of Athletics. October 18, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 Baylor Bears Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "2018 Baylor football media guide" (PDF). Baylor Bears Athletics. p. 132.
  5. ^ https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/baylor-bears/2019/10/05/baylor-kansas-state-live-updates-can-bears-keep-surprising-start-going/%7Cfirst=Selby%7Clast=Lopez%7Cdate=October 5, 2019|accessdate=October 27, 2019|publisher=Dallas Morning News|title=5 takeaways from Baylor's win over Kansas State: Charlie Brewer's exit causes scare; will undefeated Bears crack top 25?}}
  6. ^ "Baylor vs. Kansas State - Game Summary". ESPN. October 5, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Williams, Don (October 18, 2018). "Tech-Baylor game returns to campus as 2019 schedule revealed". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Williams, Don (October 12, 2019). "Tech-Baylor notebook: Wells contests pivotal call in Red Raiders' double-OT setback". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Khan, Jr., Sam (October 13, 2019). "Texas Tech AD - Big 12 admits blown call in loss". ESPN. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "Big 12 fines Texas Tech AD for officiating talk". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  11. ^ Reed, Jesse (November 7, 2019). "Most compelling matchups in college football Week 11". MSN Sports. Retrieved November 7, 2019.