Things previously never thought possible: Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe football is worth watching.
Baylor goes on the road to play at La-Monroe at 7 p.m. on Friday night. Why Baylor with all of its cash ever agreed to go on the road to play such an opponent is curious, but that's gone. Not that Art Briles doesn't already know this, Baylor better watch out.
The Bears are favored by 7.5 points to beat the Warhawk-thingmadeals. Malone Stadium is expected to be at capacity on Friday - 30,000. I would be so, so tempted to take ULM with that line.
UL-M won at No. 8 Arkansas on Sept. 8, 34-31 in overtime.
One week later, UL-M lost at Auburn 31-28 in overtime.
The Warhawks received a pair of decent-sized "take your loss and go home" checks and came away with a 1-1 record against the SEC. Ole Miss can't even do that. Arkansas without Bobby Petrino and Auburn without Cam Newton are not the same, but the Warhawks are suddenly a tough out.
After defeating SMU and Sam Houston State at home to open the season Baylor hasn't exactly had the type of schedule that can anwer a lot of questions about the 2012 team. The Bears have scored at least 48 points in two wins versus teams they should score 48 points against.
UL-M out of the Sun Belt would be a quality win for Baylor.
"This is going to be a big atmosphere Friday night. It's a Friday night ESPN game. They are going to do the white out," Baylor coach Art Briles said today on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "It will give us a chance to bond as a team and to grow together; to get into a hostile environment and rely on each other. It will help prepare us down the road as we get into Big 12 play."
He is right. Playing at Louisiana-Monroe is a hell of a lot tougher than playing at Kansas.
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