Asmussen's Top 50: No. 9 Baylor

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 9 Baylor

Bob Asmussen offers up the next college football team in his Top 50 countdown.

No. 9: Baylor

Coach: Art Briles    

2013 record: 11-2

Projected 2014 record: 10-2

Circle the date: Nov. 8 at Oklahoma

Why No. 9: Bryce Petty was a hit at quarterback in 2013, throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns. He will equal those numbers or even surpass them if the offensive line holds up. Baylor has to replace four starters up front. Petty needs to get rid of the ball quick and find Antwan Goodley 10 to 15 times a game. Do that and Petty can push his way into the Heisman race. The defense got hit hard by graduation, but coordinator Phil Bennett is as good as it gets and will work some of his magic. A year after setting a school record for wins and reaching their first BCS game, the Bears have a schedule made to do it again. The nonconference schedule is as easy as any among the power conferences. The two tests in the conference will come against Oklahoma and Kansas State. The latter game is at home. Somewhere, Robert Griffin III is planning a trip to the college football playoffs to see his alma mater.

Previous rankings
No. 10: Georgia

No. 11: Stanford

No. 12: LSU

No. 13: South Carolina 

No. 14: Texas A&M

No. 15: Wisconsin

No. 16: Notre Dame

No. 17: North Carolina

No. 18: Florida

No. 19: Clemson

No. 20: Texas Tech

No. 21: Southern Cal

No. 22: Mississippi

No. 23: Nebraska

No. 24: Texas

No. 25: Michigan

No. 26: Kansas State

No. 27: Washington

No. 28: Missouri

No. 29: Louisville

No. 30: TCU

No. 31: Iowa

No. 32: Mississippi State

No. 33: Northwestern

No. 34 Maryland

No. 35: BYU

No. 36: Oregon State

No. 37: Miami

No. 38: Cincinnati

No. 39: Pitt

No. 40: Duke

No. 41: Georgia Tech

No. 42: Marshall

No. 43: Arizona State

No. 44: Arizona

No. 45: Boise State

No. 46: Fresno State

No. 47: Penn State

No. 48: Virginia Tech

No. 49: Oklahoma State

No. 50: Illinois