Sunday thoughts on Baylor’s victory over the state of Texas

I just spent this morning reviewing most of Baylor’s game plays last night …

And after seeing it again, here are my main plugs from last night’s game:

  • Yes, the quality of the production was terrible. If you want to read a good post about this, I recommend the always witty and concise Kendall Kaut.
  • Gerry Bohanon is Baylor’s QB, and he’ll be good. Much of Baylor’s offensive potential was a conjecture, because no one really knew exactly what Bohanon would be like. Gerry surprised me in two main ways. First, arm strength and overall release were better than I realized. His ability to throw 30-40 on a rope to get easy first downs when teams play soft coverage is a big change of play for Baylor’s offense.

Second, his ability to be extremely decisive in the action and boot game was fantastic. They really just ask him to read it, but he does and gets the ball where it needs to go.

He missed several attempts at the bottom of the field, but all were close, except one. As you continue to build your chemistry with your receivers, these releases should start connecting more often. If they don’t connect early in the conference, this severely limits Baylor’s offensive potential. But independently, Baylor showed yesterday that his offense will be competent this year and that he has the advantage of being pretty good.

  • The online offensive game was generally very strong. I thought 3 of Baylor’s OLs — LT Connor Galvin, C Jacob Gall and RT Khalil Keith — were dominant last night. OL coach Eric Mateos will turn LT Connor Galvin into a mid-round NFL draft pick. Center Jacob Gall, a Buffalo transfer, was all we expected, knowing his job and being able to come in and become the defender. After arriving at the start of RT Gavin Byers, Khalil Keith had just buried the boys at each play. At RG, Grant Miller does not have the athleticism of his teammates, but he plays physically and with a lot of intelligence and has probably established himself in that position.
  • Now they just have to consolidate who their holders are in LG and RT. Xavier Newman-Johnson and Micah Mazzccu continue to fight LG; I thought Mazz beat XNJ last night, but they both spent their moments. Gavin Byers and Khalil Keith played RT and while Byers played well overall, I thought Keith was dominant. I bet they’ll keep fighting for the next two games and hopefully they’ll have things settled for the Iowa State game.
  • Baylor will be aggressive in the fourth downs, and that’s amazing news. Especially as a career-focused offense that will involve a lot of plays with gains of 4-6 yards, it makes a big difference playing with 4 drops instead of 3. Baylor is going to look for it in the 4th and 1st of his own yard. 35 line was amazing to see last night. This really raised the potential of Baylor’s offense. The stats are very clear on this issue: if you’re really thinking about whether you should go for fourth place, you should. Teams like Army, Navy, Tulane and others make it to the fourth position on average more than 3 times per game. Baylor will probably do the same.
  • The coaching staff proved that it will play the best guys. In almost every position, the guys would turn in and out and, if you made a mistake, they were likely to throw you. After retrieving a large number of primers, this needs to be done to make sure the veterans don’t indulge.
  • The defense looks like a veteran and capable group. We know what we have in Pitre and Bernard. In general, the unit knows the scheme and only knows what they do. The interception of JT Woods was a perfect example of this.
  • The defensive line is much deeper than last year. I was especially impressed with Cole Maxwell and Gabe Hall. They both look very athletic and were in a hurry.
  • Apu Ika was very disappointing, hopefully using this film as motivation to improve in the coming weeks. Christian Morgan made some of his own mistakes he made last year.
  • This game was not as even as the end result. Baylor won Texas State 5.6 yards per play at 3.5, an absolutely massive 2.1 YPP lead (teams with that margin gain an average margin of 24 points). Baylor had a “success rate” (a measure of the percentage of your works that were successful) of 47% and kept Texas State at 38%. Baylor moved the ball more or less at will in almost every possession. If Abram Smith hadn’t missed and if they had correctly called Josh Fleeks ’touchdown as a touchdown (I know, it shouldn’t have been possible), Baylor are probably looking at a 28-7 lead in the half. The State of Texas had to agree on a few bad penalties from Baylor and a cunning escape from his QB to pull anything off, they did nothing with their base offense.
  • Baylor needs Garmon Randolph, the alleged owner of JACK, to be healthy. Right now, with his £ 300 DE, Baylor struggles to get a pass without sending Bernard or Pitre. While it’s still a good idea to send one quite often, you don’t want to be in a position where you need to have any chance of getting home. Randolph could be the differential Baylor needs in this position.
  • Jalen Pitre finished with 5 innings, 2 innings for loss, 1 pass defended and 1 interception. As I predicted, it goes to the Big 12 defensive player of the year.
  • I was impressed with Trestan Ebner in the base game. He struggled tremendously during the initial contact to make sure he not only got 2 yards, but fought 4-6.
  • Baylor has the WRs to do serious damage in the jet sweep game, but they will have to get a better lock of their TEs and WRs on the perimeter for it to work. These guys demonstrated Saturday’s effort, they just need to keep working on it.
  • Gerry has a lot of potential in the racing game that wasn’t needed last night. Just calling 2 or 3 QB races designed will be a big part of the offense in the conference game that was not necessary to win last night. You don’t need to risk hurting your QB when you can get to the teeth of the defense and still make positive gains.
  • Overall, Baylor’s positive this year is higher than I thought before the game. Gerry seems to be able to operate comfortably in all areas of the passing game, although he has to prove that he can be reliable on the deep ball. If he can do it, the offense could be legitimately large. But even if they can’t, they will continue to be good, they will just have to rely on joining longer units.

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