Like you, I did not know Incarnate Word has a football team. Baylor is the first FBS opponent Incarnate Word has ever scheduled. The Fightin' WordSmiths had been Division II but went to FCS last season, and are set to play in the Southland Conference in 2014.
As good as Baylor has become - it went to the Fiesta Bowl last season and won the Big 12 - this is a slap in the face not of any college football pollster but its season-ticket holders who pay real money to watch the Bears play real football games in a soon-to-be very-real-football stadium. As much as I like Art Briles, his non-conference scheduling shtick is getting very old, and now embarrassing.
SMU, Northwestern State, at Buffalo
at SMU, Lamar, Rice
Northwestern State, SMU, at Rice
Incarnate Word, UTSA, at Rice
Good God - Liberty? Baylor had to pay Liberty to make sure it could beat up on little Turner Gill again?
The counter point to this crap non-conference schedule is by season's end the fans don't care who you beat but that their favorite team has eight or nine wins and a comfy, cool postseason spot.
These schedules ensure by the time conference play begins, Baylor will have paid millions to give its football team every reasonable shot at a winning record.
It will also have successfuly bored the hell out of its fan base by playing host to a slew of crap non-conference games that will have fans fleeing to their cars, or boats, by halftime to drink and watch real games. But it would be nice if Baylor threw its fans a bone every so often by playing somebody in September.
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