Baylor has a wealth of talent on offense as it tries to build on a successfull 2010 season, which saw the Bears play in their first bowl game after a 16-year absence. The team also produced a second poster featuring the defense, which is featured below the poll.
Click either image for an enlarged view. Thanks to Joseph.
The Bears have not been to a bowl game since 1994, but the skid could be coming to an end because quarterback Robert Griffin is back and in good health. The electrifying Griffin, who missed nearly all of 2009 because of an injury to his left knee, has bulked up to 220 pounds. With Griffin back under center, Baylor steamrolled something called Sam Houston State, 34-3, in last Saturday's opener. The Bears should get another victory this Saturday against visiting Buffalo, then comes a trip to Texas Christian. A win against the Horned Frogs could springboard Baylor to a big season.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters. This is poster No. 72 for 2010. Thanks to John! Poster designed by Old Hat Creative.
There's trouble brewing in the Big 12, which has evolved into a league of haves and have-nots.
North Division members Iowa State, Kansas State and Colorado are being left in the financial dust by free-spending Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald breaks it down this way: Texas makes about $7 million for a home game with its stadium capacity of 101,000. Nebraska makes about $4.5 million with its 85,000 seats.
Iowa State, Kansas State and Colorado, each with stadiums seating slightly more than 50,000, bring in about $1.2 million to $1.5 million per home game.
Barfknecht writes: "Multiply that differential by seven games a year, stretch that over four or five years and you can see why Texas has flat-screen TVs in its football complex bathrooms while other schools are happy to find soap and paper towels."
Baylor, the doormat of the Big 12 South since, well, the beginning of time, is clearly enjoying getting out of the cellar. The Bears' 41-21 victory over Texas A&M last Saturday means in all likelihood that Baylor will nudge past the Aggies for fifth place in the six-team South when the regular season ends.
A Baylor fan, wasting no time in taking advantage of the bragging rights, ventured into an Aggie board and posted key tips from the book, "How to Handle Being The Worst Team in the Big XII South."
The post starts: "This book, originally authored by fans of Baylor University, with foreword by Oklahoma State, has been a work in progress for 25 something years now. Now that we have handed that prestigious torch off to your school, and it looks like it will stay that way for quite some time, you and your Aggie friends may want to really get into this material."
You can also view the post with the comments by clicking here, thanks to the miracle known as Google Cache.
Baylor's Art Briles became the latest coach to be targeted by a prank caller when he participated in this week's Big 12 teleconference with reporters.
A man posing as a reporter from "Big 12 Conference.com" asked Briles if he knew of "any members your team or anything like that that have Big 12s that they smack each other in the shower or have sword fights?"
Briles chuckled, then responded, "I hope not. I mean I don't even know what you're talking about."
Pete Carroll was targeted last week when a prankster asked the USC coach if he rewarded his players by setting up dates with various Hollywood starlets. The caller followed by asking Carroll about a brand-name product that shares its name with the Trojans. Carroll then became upset and said, "Good job, Ohio State," before hanging up.
UCLA's Rick Neuheisel was next on the prank list when he was asked this question: "You never hear about the UCLA players playing dirty. Is it true that you actually scrub and wash your players in the shower before the game?"
Still seeking audio of the calls to Carroll or Neuheisel. If you have a copy, please send it our way. We'll keep your identity a secret.