Staggering numbers in Bears' fast start

For every Big 12 team with an eye on winning a conference title this season, the Baylor offense is going to have to be dealt with at some point.

And it won’t be easy.

Two weeks into the season, the Bears are atop the national rankings in Total QBR (97.9), yards per game (735), yards per play (9.67) and goal-to-go efficiency (100 percent). BU also ranks among the nation’s top 15 in rushing yards at 303.5 (14) and passing yards at 431.5 (4).

The Bears offense has been that dominant during a 69-3 win over Wofford in Week 1 and a 70-13 win over Buffalo in Week 2.

Even more revealing is the Bears’ offensive production when the game was still close. Here’s a look at five revealing stats when the Bears have had the ball during a three-possession game (i.e. opponent within 21 points):

  • Baylor is averaging 11.91 yards per play in that scenario, totaling 536 yards on 45 plays. They’ve scored 63 total points with a time of possession of 5:01.

  • Bryce Petty is 15 of 18 (83.3 percent) for 359 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in that scenario. He’s averaging an eye-popping 19.9 yards per attempt.

  • The Bears score once every five plays (20 percent of the time) and gain a first down 48.8 percent of the time, essentially every other play in that scenario.

  • BU has converted 5 of 6 third-down conversion attempts in that scenario.

  • The Bears have scored five touchdowns in five red-zone attempts, undoubtedly helped by Lache Seastrunk’s 14 red-zone carries for 114 yards (8.14 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.