Baylor will be going with a new starting quarterback this week after starting the season 0-2.
Sophomore Zach Smith will start instead of senior Anu Solomon against Duke on Saturday, Matt Rhule announced Monday on the Big 12 teleconference.
Smith had four starts and played in all 13 games for Baylor last season. He completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,526 yards with 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He was the starter for the Bears’ 31-12 win over Boise State in the Catcus Bowl.
Solomon beat out Smith for the starting job during preseason practices. He has started at quarterback for the Bears each of the past two games, but the team has struggled on offense so far this season.
Baylor is currently ranked No. 73 in the nation in total offense (403 yards per game) and No. 84 in passing offense (207.5 yards per game). Solomon has completed 43.6 percent of his passes for 399 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. In a 17-10 loss to UTSA in Week 2, he was 10-of-26 passing for 121 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Baylor kicks off against Duke at 11:30 a.m. CT on Saturday. The Blue Devils are 2-0 with wins over North Carolina Central and Northwestern. They currently boast the nation’s No. 7-ranked defense (174.5 yards per game) and the No. 18 pass defense (131.5 yards per game).