It's Friday afternoon, and thereby time to clean out all the clutter ruminating around in my football brain.
1. First, a chart:
I find this to be quite amazing.
The Tide's next three opponents - starting with Texas A&M on Saturday - are off the Saturday before facing Alabama.
2. Next, a stat:
You don't need any reminder that turnovers decide games, but I'm going to give you one anyway:
That's a cumulative mark of 21-2.
That's a cumulative mark of 8-21.
As always, the path to victory lies in keeping the ball and taking it away from the other guy.
3. Finally, a quote.
I spent the Saturday of Oct. 2 in a hospital room, recovering from my wife's delivery of our third child, so I just came across this quote today.
You wouldn't be surprised to learn Baylor ranks eighth nationally in passing offense. After all, these same Bears ranked fourth in 2014, fifth in 2013, fourth in 2012 and fourth in 2011. It's what they do.
Actually, though, it's what most people only tangentially familiar with a Briles offense think the Bears do. So while Baylor has ranked in the top five nationally in passing offense over the past four complete seasons, the Bears also placed 10th in rushing in 2011, 14th in 2012, 13th in 2013, 29th in 2014, and now second through five games in 2015. This year's bunch - which handily leads the nation in total offense (725 yards per game), yard per play (9.09) and scoring (64.2 points per game) - has rushed 243 times for 1,788 yards (a national best 7.36 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. They've posted four games of at least 300 rushing yards and two of at least 412 yards.
So after a 63-35 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 2, a day in which the Bears carried 52 times for 368 yards and five touchdowns, Briles had this to say: "We know we can throw the football. If you can run the football, it kind of hurts people in the heart."