The Baylor Bears: Undefeated & Undeterred

Oct 2, 2013

Despite being 3-0 this season and averaging 69.7 points per game, the pundits continue to overlook the Baylor Bears.  Baylor has been favored by an average of 29 points per game in 2013, and are winning by an average of 62 points per game.  What is even more impressive is the fact that the Bears are covering the point spread by an average of 33 points per game, which indicates that they remain undervalued by the bookmakers.

Baylor’s Explosive Offense:

  • The Bears are averaging 69.7 points per game on 307 rushing yards (6.6 yards per carry), 444 passing yards (15.0 yards per pass attempt) and 751 total yards (9.8 yards per play; 10.8 yards per point). 
  • Overall, Baylor is 1.4 yards per rush play, 4.9 yards per pass attempt and 2.6 yards per play better than average offensively this season.

Baylor’s Stout & Underrated Defense:

  • Baylor is limiting opponents to 7.7 points per game, including 2.3 yards per rush play, 6.3 yards per pass attempt, 3.8 yards per play and 38.7 yards per point;
  • Overall, the Bears are 0.8 yards per rush play and 0.2 yards per play better than average defensively this season, while its secondary is holding opposing quarterbacks to a 46% completion rate (2-5 ratio).

Baylor is the first team since 1930 to eclipse 60 points in each of its first three games of the regular season, and the Bears have scored an incredible fourteen touchdowns in the first quarter through the first three games.  Baylor welcomes West Virginia to Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday and the experts at Pro Edge Sports Picks have uncovered the following gems from their database:

  • College football home teams off a win and a week of rest are a profitable 73-33-1 ATS in Game Four of the season since 1980, including 27-9 ATS when playing with revenge and 21-4 ATS as a favorite or underdog of less than ten points;
  • Conference underdogs of fourteen or more points, off an upset win as an underdog of 14 or more points, are 0-18 SU and 3-14-1 ATS versus an opponent with a win percentage of .833 or greater;

Savvy sports bettors should keep an eye on Baylor this season as Art Briles’ squad is playing with a chip on their shoulders.  That conclusion is substantiated by the fact that the Bears have covered their last nine games by 23 points per game, while also covering their last three games with revenge by an average of 25 points per game.