|RV/RV BAYLOR (0-0) vs. NR/NR WOFFORD (0-0)
Aug. 31, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Baylor opens the 2013 season vs. Wofford. This will be the 1st meeting between the schools.
Baylor begins its 111th season of football and 6th under head coach Art Briles.
Baylor is playing its 64th and final season at historic Floyd Casey Stadium. BU moves to the $260 million riverfront Baylor Stadium in 2014.
Baylor is 4-1 in openers under Briles and has started each of the last 2 years with 2 straight wins.
Baylor is 3-2 in home openers in the Briles era.
Baylor enters the season on a 4-game winning streak. BU has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012 at OU.
Baylor is 16-3 at home over the last three seasons and is 12-1 in Waco since 2011.
Baylor has won 3 straight at home and has not lost at "The Case" since Oct. 13, 2012 vs. TCU.
Baylor tallied 7+ wins in 2012 for the 3rd straight season and the first time since 1949-50-51.
Baylor played in a bowl game (Holiday Bowl) for the 3rd year in a row in 2012, a first in program history.
Baylor won a bowl game (49-26 vs. No. 17 UCLA) for a 2nd consecutive season, a program 1st.
Baylor's 25 wins over the last 3 seasons (7 in 2010, 10 in 2011 & 8 in 2012) are the most in program history over a 3-year span.
Baylor will play seven games at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2013. That ties the school record for most home games in a single season set in 2011.
Baylor (14-12) is among four league schools with a combined winning record in Big 12 games over the past three seasons, joining Kansas State (18-8), Oklahoma (20-6) and Oklahoma State (19-7).
Baylor is 15-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during DC Phil Bennett's two seasons.
Baylor's defense intercepted 18 passes in 2012, a figure that tied for 12th nationally.
Baylor is 16-4 over the past three seasons when recording two or more sacks in a game (5-1 in 2012).
Baylor is 16-2 over the last three seasons when leading at halftime.
Baylor has scored 30+ points in 17 of its last 19 games and 40+ points in 15 of those contests.
Baylor totaled 9 1-play TD drives in 2012 (16 TD drives of 3 plays or fewer).
Baylor's quick-strike offense scored 20 TDs on drives of one minute or less (42 of 2:00 or less) last year.
Baylor' vs. Wofford will be televised nationally on FSN, marking the 18th straight national telecast for BU.
BRILES' SYSTEM THE NATION'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor's offensive machine has not only been the Big 12's most powerful over the past two seasons, it leads a trio of schools consistently among the national leaders. Baylor, which has finished second nationally in total offense in each of the past two seasons, leads a trio with Oklahoma State (third in 2011, fourth in 2012) and Oregon (fourth in 2011, fifth in 2012) as school's that have all finished top five nationally both of the last two years.
"COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BEST ONE-TWO PUNCH AT RB" - LINDY'S
Baylor's underrated rushing attack, which is frequently overshadowed by the Bears' passing game, has ranked among the top 15 nationally in each of the last two seasons (14th at 231.7 ypg in 2012 and 10th at 235.6 in 2011). Baylor led the Big 12 in rushing last season and ranked second in 2011. The Bears punishing rushing game has produced 1,000-yard rushers in each of the last three seasons: Jay Finley in 2010 (1,218), Terrance Ganaway in 2011 (school-record 1,547) and Lache Seastrunk in 2012 (1,012). Baylor's top two rushers in 2013, termed "college football's best one-two punch" by Lindy's, are senior Glasco Martin (889 yards, 15 TDs in 2012) and junior Seastrunk (1,012 yards, seven TDs). The RB corps is rated seventh nationally by Lindy's and 11th by Phil Steele in the preseason, and the Martin-Seastrunk duo is one of just six returning nationally (the only duo in the Big 12) to have each gained 850-plus rushing yards in 2012.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Baylor is the only team nationally to rank among Top 25 in both rushing yards and passing yards over the last three seasons.
In 10 instances over the last three years, FBS teams have ranked among the Top 15 in both rushing and passing yards in the same season - three of those instances (every year) are Baylor teams (no other school accomplished the feat more than one season). Baylor (2012, 2011, 2010), Arizona (2012), Boise State (2010), Louisiana Tech (2012), Oklahoma State (2012), Stanford (2011), Texas A&M (2011) and Tulsa (2010).
DEFENSE LOADED WITH THREE-YEAR STARTERS
Almost half of Baylor's starting defense (five players) are in their third season as starters, including one in his fourth season...
Terrance Lloyd, DE, 4th season (30 starts)
Ahmad Dixon, S, 3rd season (26 starts)
Sam Holl, NB, 3rd season (23 starts)
Joe Williams, CB, 3rd season (19 starts)
K.J. Morton, CB, 3rd season (17 starts)
FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK
Baylor enters 2013 with a four-game winning streak, having won its final three regular-season games as well as a decisive 49-26 victory over No. 17 UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. Three of the four wins in the streak came over Top 25 teams (No. 1 Kansas State, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 17 UCLA). The streak ties as the 10th longest nationally heading into 2013.
SUCCESS AT HOME IN `THE CASE'
Baylor has compiled a 16-3 record at home in Floyd Casey Stadium over the past three seasons (including having won 12 of its last 13 games the last two years). The 2013 season is Baylor's 64th and final playing at The Case; in 2014 the Bears will move into the brand new Baylor Stadium on the banks of the Brazos River. Baylor plays seven home games during Floyd Casey's curtain-call season in 2013.
SPEAKING OF RANKINGS
Though Baylor was unranked in both the AP (receiving votes, 27th) and Coaches (receiving votes, 29th) preseason polls, several media outlets did include the Bears among their preseason top 25 rankings, including Sports Illustrated (17th), Sporting News (17th), CBSSports (19th), Lindy's (19th) and ESPN the Magazine (25th).