First it was the Disciples of Christ, and now it's the Baptists.
For the second time in the last four years a little private, religious affiliated school from the great state a Texas is making all kinds of national noise in the college football scene.
If Baylor can finish the season undefeated - the Bears are anywhere from 9 to 13-point favorites for its game on Saturday at Oklahoma State - they will have equaled what TCU did a couple of seasons ago, ostensibly against far greater competition.
What Baylor is doing in 2013 is harder, but not by leaps and bounds.
Both Baylor in 2013 and TCU in 2010 are/were great teams loaded with next-level talent.
Both teams blew away schedules that were not what the experts call "very good."
The Big 12 may be down, and Baylor's non-conference schedule is an embarrassment, but the Big 12 this season is awlays better than the Mountain West Conference of any season. TCU is experiencing that now.
In 2010, TCU defeated three opponents that were ranked at the time, and one that finished the season in the Top 25:
30-21 v. No. 25 Oregon State. The Beavers finished the season 5-7.
47-7 at No. 6 Utah. The Utes lost 3 of its last 5, and were not ranked in the AP Top 25 after the season.
21-19 v. No. 4 Wisconsin (Rose Bowl). Badgers finished No. 7 in nation.
(It's worth noting TCU destroyed Baylor, 45-10, in Fort Worth that season. The Bears finished 7-6.)
According to the final Sagarin ratings from that season, TCU's strength of schedule was 76th.
Hindsight says the Horned Frogs' best wins were Wisconsin (duh?), San Diego State and Utah.
In 2013, Baylor has defeated one ranked team:
41-12 v. No. 12 Oklahoma.
According to the Sagarin ratings their strength of schedule ranks 85th. Of the teams ranked in the Top 10 by Sagarin, Baylor's schedule is the easiest - the closest is Ohio State (72nd).
Baylor still has three games remaining, but Saturday is it - if the Bears are going to lose in the regular season, it will be at No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Bears will defeat TCU in Fort Worth on Nov. 30, and against Texas on Dec. 7 in the Floyd-Casey Stadium finale (thank God).
Much like TCU in 2010, Baylor in 2013 is good, and benefeting from a schedule that works in its favor.
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