No. 8 Baylor opens 'gauntlet' of schedule with Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For acting head coach Jim Grobe, to some extent the real season for No. 8 Baylor is about to begin.

The Bears are 6-0 for the fourth consecutive year and have played exactly one team — Oklahoma State — with a winning record. From here, their path to a coveted playoff spot includes a finishing stretch with games at No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 10 West Virginia. But first comes Saturday's visit to Texas.

"I think we have a fresh, healthy team," Grobe said. "We're getting ready to go through the gauntlet."

Texas (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) has lost four of its last five games, prompting speculation about third-year coach Charlie Strong's future with the Longhorns. Strong, asked whether he has received support from his bosses, said: "We do have support within this program. We have to play better. It's all about us doing a better job of coaching. It's about our players playing a lot better."

Texas is particularly inept on defense. The Longhorns rank 94th in yards allowed and 126th in passing efficiency defense. They further hurt themselves with lapses on special teams and by scoring just three points off nine turnovers by opponents. Texas failed to score after an interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter during a 24-21 loss at Kansas State last week.

"They tried to give us the game," Strong said.

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