Since the non-conference schedule includes Texas State and Buffalo the Bears might at least win a couple of games in 2007 and give football betting players that follow the Bears some hope. The problem for Baylor and for football betting fans looking at taking the Bears is that the team is young. They may have as many as seven freshmen and sophomores starting on offense and five more on defense. College football betting players know that one of the many problems for Baylor is the defense. College football betting players know that the Baylor defense gives up points galore. Larry Hoefer replaces Bill Bradley as defensive coordinator. College football betting players know that the main focus on offense is at quarterback where sophomore Blake Szymanski, who started three games last year and completed 52.9% of his 121 passes, will now be competing with JC transfers Michael Machen and John Weed. College football betting players think that it is probable that 25 year-old Machen, who is also a former minor league baseball player and has one year of eligibility left will be the starter. Baylor was 4-8 overall last season and 3-8 against the football betting line.
College football betting players saw that Baylor could not run the ball last year and that put pressure on the quarterback. They were averaging a horrible 40.2 yards per game on the ground and just 2.1 yards per carry last year which was last in the entire country. College football betting players saw that the Bears gave up 32.6 PPG, ranking 110th nationally. Six return on defense, including two fine linebackers—senior Nick Moore (75 tackles, 32 solo) and sophomore Joe Pawelek (86 tackles, 46 solo).
College football betting players see that the non-conference schedule has winnable games against Rice, Texas State and Buffalo. College football betting players think that getting Colorado, Kansas and Kansas State from the North is a break. College football betting players see that the best offensive player for Baylor should be Junior OT Jason Smith. That tells you how sad the situation is for the Bears when the best player is an offensive lineman. College football betting players see that the best defensive player should be sophomore LB Joe Pawelek who led the team with 86 tackles to go along with two sacks and four broken up passes.
Football betting players think the Bears could be 3-2 after a creampuff non-conference slate which would make the home game in early October against Colorado a big one in terms of college football betting.