After a 1-11 season in 2017, there is plenty of room for improvement for Baylor football during the upcoming season.
At least one venerable preseason magazine believes the Bears will bounce back.
Athlon magazine predicts the Bears will be the Big 12’s most improved team.
The continued development by quarterback Charlie Brewer and better luck after losing five games last season by 10 points or fewer has Athlon excited about Matt Rhule’s team.
And Athlon holds out hope for a big reward at the end of the season if the improvement materializes.
“Matt Rhule’s rebuilding effort is far from complete, but there should be tangible signs of progress in 2018 — possibly even a trip to a bowl game.”
Baylor’s team is picked No. 53 nationally and eighth in the Big 12 by Athlon. Its analysis is clear in describing what Baylor could do in 2018.
“Playing with a chip on their shoulder after last year’s 1-11 finish, the Bears should be able to get off to a better start and make a run at their eighth bowl bid in nine years,” Athlon reports. “But staying healthy will be the key.”
After the struggles of recent years, getting a chance to play a bowl game and having extra practices for the young Baylor teams would be a worthwhile 2018 goal.
Now, the Bears will have to accomplish it.