The 15th ranked Baylor Bears (4-0, 1-0) roll into Manhattan, Kansas to battle Kansas State (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX riding an eight-game winning streak dating back to last year.
Saturday will also mark the Bears’ first road matchup of the 2013 season.
“Feels good to get into a routine,” Baylor head coach Art Briles told the Bears’ official athletic site. “Regular Sunday-Monday play is a good thing. We can take all that worrying prior to playing West Virginia–one game in 28 days–and forget about it. We are excited about going to Kansas State. It’s going to be tough but it will be a great opportunity to prove ourselves again.”
The most potent offense in America will be facing a challenge on Saturday as the highly-touted Bears enter a tough and historical environment at the Wildcats’ Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“It’s a great environment as all are in the Big 12,” Briles said. “They’re all tough, including Floyd Casey. Anywhere you go on the road you’re in a different environment and I don’t know if tough is the right word – its just different. You have to change a few things.
“We had a tough game up there two years ago where they came back and won the football game when we had a good opportunity to take advantage of winning a tough road game, but fortunately we’re back with another opportunity.”
Don’t worry, Baylor Nation; the 2013 Bears are not about to overlook the Wildcats.
“Kansas State is a great team,” Baylor junior quarterback Bryce Petty said. “Coach [Bill] Snyder has done a great job with those guys year in and year out. It’ll be a good test because Kansas State is a tough place to play.
“We remember 2011 because we let them have one. I don’t want to say that it is a revenge game, but it kind of is. We got them back last year, but it’s time to go there and take care of business. They guys will come in hot and ready to go.”
Baylor’s defense, meanwhile, has also taken care of business — leading the country in tackles for loss with 10.3 per game and tallying 20 sacks over its last five games.
“It’s totally different,” Baylor senior safety Ahmad Dixon said when asked about the atmosphere of playing away games. “Everyone’s against you except for the guys that are wearing the same uniform as you. That’s something that we are trying to get the younger guys to understand. Anything can’t fly.
“You can’t go out there jabbing your jaws or celebrating too much because you may get a penalty. You never know how it could affect us. We just have to go out there and focus and play Baylor football.”
Thus far, Baylor football is off to a red hot start — as the Bears aim to keep the streak alive on Saturday afternoon at Kansas State.
“Thing that bothers me about those statements is that they don’t know how hard we work,” Petty said in response to a question about people still doubting Baylor. “They don’t know how hard these guys have been working this summer and the offseason. That’s what makes me mad.
“To come in week in and week out and put up the numbers and getting the defensive stops and keep hearing that makes me mad. I hope I didn’t come off as anything, but it is motivation for us. Any kind of chip we can have we are going to use. We’re going to use that and run with it.”
With kickoff less than 24 hours away, the nation will soon see how the Bears fare on the road.
And I personally can’t wait to watch…