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2016 Schedule
0-0, 1st in Big 12
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4dHeather Dinich

The 11 commandments of the College Football Playoff

What have we learned from two years of the College Football Playoff? More than anything, strength of schedule and conference titles matter. And you need a star QB -- well, unless you're Alabama.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor DB Travon Blanchard is expected to miss the Bears' Sept. 2 opener against Northwestern State after undergoing minor knee surgery today. Blanchard is one of the team's best players and leaders on defense. Expect senior Patrick Levels to fill in for Blanchard in the hybrid "Bear" safety/linebacker role.

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5dSharon Katz and Mark Schlabach

Man vs. metric: Two views on each top 25 team's toughest game

What matters more: What you see on the field or what you see in the analytics? Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz discuss each top 25 team's toughest game of the year through those two lenses.

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6dMax Olson

Take Two: Favorite uniforms in the Big 12

Whether your preference is tradition and a classic look or the multiple combos that are all the rage, the Big 12 has unis that suit your fancy.

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Zamora needs to understand dog abuse is unacceptable (3:03)
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7dMax Olson

2016 season preview: Baylor Bears

Interim coach Jim Grobe and the Bears are eager to put a tumultuous offseason behind them, but depth issues could be a problem at some point.

Baylor's preseason streak still alive

Baylor is No. 22 in the preseason AP Poll. For the first time in school history, the Bears are ranked in the preseason for the third consecutive season. They've spent 36 of the past 42 weeks in the top ten. AP Top 25

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Baylor WR Zamora shown on video abusing dog (1:35)
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10dMax Olson

Ranking the Big 12 safeties

A countdown of the top five playmakers from the secondary entering the season in the Big 12.

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10dMax Olson

Baylor WR faces discipline for abusing his dog

Ishmael Zamora will face discipline but is still practicing with Baylor's football team after a video emerged of the wide receiver whipping and kicking his dog.

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12dJake Trotter

Ranking the Big 12 linebackers

A look at the top five linebackers in the Big 12 heading into the 2016 season.

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KD Cannon projects as NFL contributor

Baylor's 6-foot, 180-pound junior wideout projects as a sub-package receiver early in his NFL career, writes Todd McShay. He has the potential to develop into a No. 2 at the next level. McShay's top WR prospects (Insider)

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13dPhil Steele

A preseason top 25 without Alabama at No. 1

Last year's CFP teams all look like title threats again in 2016. But who can challenge Alabama's budding dynasty? Here's Phil Steele's top 40, which starts with Florida State.

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Baylor RB Jefferson questionable for opener

Johnny Jefferson, one of Baylor's two returning 1,000-yard rushers, has sore ribs from a car accident after already being out of practice because of a foot injury.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor QB Seth Russell said he felt the Bears' offense was a little too "dead" in their first scrimmage Saturday, a day in which he completed 4-of-11 passes for 135 yards and one TD. They shook some rust off and got back on track in Monday's practice. "We're moving the ball with better tempo," he said. "We had really bad tempo Saturday and today was a lot better. Feel like we're getting back to our normal self."

Team Stats

Passing Yards304.420th
Rushing Yards300.24th
Points For48.31st
Points Against27.5Tied-72nd

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