Trib sports guys Brice Cherry and John Werner return for Week 2 to break down the Baylor Bears after a successful first week:
• Yes, it was Northwestern State. Yes, Baylor should clobber any FCS opponent. But the Bears looked as sharp as ever in their 55-7 opening win. Were you surprised?
• It's a slight uptick in competition this week with SMU coming to Waco. The Mustangs are in their second season under Chad Morris, coming off a 34-21 win over UNT in their opener. They made it a game for a little while last year in Dallas, as Baylor led just 28-21 at the half. Should the Bears be on upset alert?
• The title of highest-ranked team in the Big 12 now belongs to the Longhorns. Texas jumped up to No. 11 in the AP poll after its thrilling double-overtime win over Notre Dame. It's the first time UT has been ranked in Charlie Strong's tenure. Clearly it was a big win, but is No. 11 a bit of an overreaction?
• On the flip side, Oklahoma tumbled after a 33-23 loss to Houston in its opener. We were all high on the Sooners last week, but it certainly wasn't their strongest performance. Given that they play Ohio State in a couple of weeks, are they in danger of falling out of the playoff hunt before the Big 12 ever starts?
• From the relatively interesting trivia department, One True Podcast uncovered this nugget: Three Big 12 quarterbacks who started and won season openers last week are the sons of former Texas Rangers players: Kenny Hill of TCU, Shane Buechele of Texas and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. Two questions: Does this mean that Baylor should start senior volleyball player Alex Banister at QB, since she's the daughter of Jeff Banister? Also, who's the best baseball-football combo player you've ever seen?