Northwestern State Demons (0-2) at Baylor Bears (10-3)
|Date & Time||Friday September 2, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baylor Bears -49 -- Over/Under:
The Northwestern State Demons and Baylor Bears open the season Friday night at McLane Stadium on Fox Sports.
The Northwestern State Demons hope for a fast start after winning just four games last season. J.D. Almond returns at quarterback after throwing for 528 yards and three touchdowns. Shakeir Ryan and Tuff McClain return at wide receiver after combining for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns while Bobby Chan-Chan had 15 receptions. The Northwestern State Demons ground game averaged 193 yards per contest last season and De'Mard Llorens returns after racking up 820 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern State allowed 39.5 points and 485.2 yards per game. Darius Poullard returns after 75 tackles, Isaiah Wheeler had three sacks and Adam Jones had one interception.
The Baylor Bears begin a new era under coach Jim Grobe and hope they can remain competitive despite off-the-field issues. Seth Russell returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,100 yards and 29 touchdowns. KD Cannon and Chris Platt return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns while Ishmael Zamora had nine receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game averaged 326 yards per contest last season and Shock Linwood returns after racking up 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor allowed 28.3 points and 396 yards per game. Travon Blanchard returns after 84 tackles, Taylor Young had four sacks and Ryan Reid had three interceptions.
We all know what Baylor is capable of doing offensively and it's one of those teams that shows no mercy. The Bears love running up the score. That's bad news for a club that got waxed in pretty much every game it played last season, including a 62-13 loss to Mississippi State.
Oh, this game is sure to get ugly.