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Grobe likes Baylor defense but not embracing favorite’s role

Baylor coach Jim Grobe likes what he has seen from the Bears’ defense but considers it too early to say No. 13 Baylor should be the favorite to win the 2016 Big 12 title.
Baylor coach Jim Grobe likes what he has seen from the Bears’ defense but considers it too early to say No. 13 Baylor should be the favorite to win the 2016 Big 12 title. AP

No. 13 Baylor has the loftiest poll ranking of any Big 12 team this week but coach Jim Grobe said he does not view the Bears (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12) as a likely league favorite heading into the first full week of conference action.

“Not at all,” Grobe said on Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. “It’s so early.”

But Grobe is satisfied, heading into Saturday’s contest at Iowa State (1-3, 0-1), that his defense will be solid after facing 101 plays in last week’s 35-24 victory over Oklahoma State. Baylor ranks second among Big 12 teams in total defense (310 yards per game) and scoring defense (13.5 avg.).

Grobe said the defensive effort against OSU “told me as much as anything that we’ve got a bunch of tough-minded kids on defense. We were out there for 101 defensive snaps and we did alright on yards per play (allowed).”

For the season, the Bears’ defense has allowed 4.0 yards per play and six touchdowns in four games.

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