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Opponent Preview: BAYLOR

After a pair of 4-8 seasons, Briles believes this will be his deepest and most athletic team. ... three of his own recruiting classes in the fold, "I feel we’re better than we were in 2008 or even 2009," Briles said.

Two games in, it remains to be seen if his confidence is well placed. The Bears' first test against a top-notch team comes Saturday against TCU in the blaring afternoon sun. Baylor practiced in the sun, because "We know it’s going to be hot," redshirt freshman linebacker Chris McAllister said. "You just deal with it."