After absorbing a 55-28 beatdown by Texas A&M, Baylor found itself with an open week on the schedule.
A much-welcomed open week, with Oklahoma State on deck.
“It was huge,” said Bears linebacker Elliot Coffey. “They have so much they do well that we had a chance last week to really look at and focus mostly on the passing, because you know how much Brandon Weeden likes to pass.”
Said defensive tackle Tracy Robertson: “It's definitely a long week when you don't have that competition like you're used to on Saturdays. But it's a good week to get better, always.
“We got a lot of good work in; we got a lot of reps with our offense and that can only make you better. And it gives you a chance to kind of split the season in half, so we're on the back half now. We got to watch a few games, saw some teams do some good things so we just try to get focused, get back on track where we know what we can do.”
ANDERSON'S FOCUS NOW, LATER
The foot injury sidelining senior wide receiver Hubert Anyiam is creating opportunity for Isaiah Anderson and Michael Harrison to step into a starting role.
And for both, how they finish could have long-lasting effects.
“I feel like it's preparing me — not to look ahead — but for next year,” said Anderson, a junior. “A lot of these guys (at wide receiver) aren't going to be here. With a starting role, it's getting me prepared for that.”
COWBOYS HAVE NEED FOR SPEED
The Cowboys aren't the biggest defense in the Big 12.
But what they lack in bulk, they hope to make up in speed. That's a factor OSU players say gets overlooked in their high turnover total.
“I think people forget how much defensive team speed we have,” said senior safety Markelle Martin. “We've got some smaller guys running around, so I think that's a big difference for us. We fly around and we just make plays.
“The style of defense we play, we want to force you to be perfect. We buy time and we know eventually you're going to make a mistake and we're going to capitalize on it.”
Baylor is 0-2 on the road this year, with losses at Kansas State and Texas A&M, and has dropped three straight road games dating back to last season's 55-28 rout by the Cowboys in Stillwater.
“It all starts now,” said Bears running back Terrance Ganaway. “We're in the thick of it. There's no one on our schedule that we look at now and say we can get this win or get that win.
“We're on the road a few times and all of them are hostile environments. We have to go and play our game, just play sound football.”