Baylor passing game is fine, but it’s the running game that’s dandy

Baylor running back Shock Linwood has the Baylor rushing attack ranked No. 2 in the nation.
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The Baylor passing attack hasn’t skipped a beat with the transfer of power from Bryce Petty to Seth Russell. The Bears rank eighth in the nation in passing offense.

And Baylor’s running backs are saying, "That’s it?"

The Bears’ rushing attack has been unstoppable so far, cranking out at least 300 yards in each game, including clobbering Texas Tech for 368 rushing yards last week in a blowout victory. Baylor ranks No. 2 among FBS teams in rushing yards per game behind only Georgia Southern, while outpacing the three teams boasting Heisman Trophy candidates at tailback — LSU, Georgia and Ohio State. Baylor is No. 1 among FBS teams with a 7.61 yards-per-carry average, rushing for 1,507 yards in four games. 

For comparison’s sake, Texas has managed 1,693 yards of total offense in five games. The third-ranked Bears’ opponent on Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks, have managed 1,565 total yards in four games. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks’ defense has given up more than 1,000 rushing yards in four games.

It’s a recipe for one of Baylor’s biggest yardage games of Art Briles’ tenure at Baylor. And that’s saying a lot, considering the Bears are averaging — averaging — an otherworldly 745.2 yards a game.

The surprise there isn’t necessarily the yardage, as astounding as it is, but the balance. Baylor has three running backs that rank in the top 10 in the Big 12.

Junior Shock Linwood is well on his way to a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, leading the Big 12 at 146.0 yards a game. Freshman Terence Williams is eighth and sophomore Johnny Jefferson is ninth.

The Bears’ explosive spread offense that delivered Baylor the moniker "Wide Receiver University," has added a whole other major in 2015.

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