The excitement is building for the Bears' final season at Floyd Casey Stadium! Only a few short days to wait until kickoff against Wofford. I'm as excited as the next guy, and I have high hopes for the Bears this season. But I, for one, am getting a little bit weary of predictions and prognostications.
The good news is, there is a virtual consensus that Baylor will be heading to their 4th bowl game in as many years. That's a great milestone, but, realistically, with as many bowls as there are, and with the Big 12 tie-ins, we could have a stinker of a season and still go to a bowl. Very few fans would be happy if we went 3-0 against a weak non-conference schedule, then 3-6 in the Big 12. A bowl is nice, but a third-tier bowl that no one cares about is not what we have in mind.
I have seen pre-season polls placing the Bears in the mid-teens down to unranked. We even got a couple votes as the favorite for the Big 12 championship! David Ubben, ESPN blogger (until recently--you will be missed!) has Baylor stumbling at the end of the season, losing some tough games and finishing 5th in the Big 12, 8-4 overall, 5-4 in the Big 12. NBC Sports has the Bears finishing 6th, Sports Illustrated, 4th (9-3, 6-3). The Dallas Morning News also predicts 9-3, 6-3.
None of these scenarios are bad, and they all get the Bears in a half-way decent bowl. But my sense is that they will finish strong, have 0 or 1 losses and home, and win win at least 2 of their 4 road games. I'm looking for a Big 12 championship. If not, then a top 4 Big 12 finish.
But I say no more predictions! It's all meaningless until they suit up on Saturday! Bring it on! Sic 'em!