DALLAS, Sporting Alert – Following Thursday’s opening night of fixtures in Week 1 of NCAA college football action, the focus of attention now turns to Friday night’s schedule.
UPDATE: It another one, and the Baylor Bears now lead SMU 56-21 with Chris Platt scoring the latest touchdown from 42 yds after a pass from Jarrett Stidham, who just entered.
UPDATE: Too fast. Corey Coleman runs away for a 57 yds TD. The score came after 5 plays, 85 yards in a quick time of 0:53. Baylor leads 49-21
UPDATE: Baylor is now running away with this one, as the No. 4 ranked team in the country pushes out to 42-21 at the end of the third quarter, and the bounce begins on the sidelines. Everyone is now jumping around and cheering after a somewhat start in the second half.
UPDATE: Baylor finally gets on the scoreboard in the second half – using a 97 yards in 8 plays to grab a touchdown and take control of the game in the 3rd.
NOTE: Last season, SMU scored 12 points from four games in the month of September, but the Mustangs have already scored 21 points in tonight’s game.
Three AP Top 25 ranked teams will be in action on Friday, including two top five clubs – No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 Michigan State.
After watching fellow Big 12 outfits TCU getting off to a winning start in their fixture on Thursday, Baylor will be hoping to keep tabs on their conference rivals when they face Southern Methodist University (SMU) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX.
Junior quarterback Seth Russell will take over as the ball distributor for the Bears, following the departure of Bryce Petty and all eyes will be on him to see how he will handle the pressure.
Baylor also comes into this contest looking to extend its winning streak of 11 straight meetings with SMU.
In last year’s opener, the Bears hammered the Mustangs 45-0, with Russell, who picked up from Petty after he left the pitch going 13 for 23 for 124 yards and a touchdown.
The Texas-based club will certainly start favourite to win 12 straight, but will have to do without All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman, the Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and safety Orion Stewart, who were both suspended for violating team rules, ESPN reported.
Baylor scored 227 points in its opening four games of the season last year and averaged almost 56 points per game during that period.
SMU finished with a 1-11 record last year and has won just six games in the last two seasons.
Meanwhile, No. 5 Michigan State will open their 2015 college football campaign against Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium.
The Spartans, who established several school records last term on offense, are returning seven of those starters and will be hoping to get off to another flying start.
Michigan State will face No. 7 Oregon in Week 2 of their schedule, just as they did a season ago.
Also in attention on Friday night’s Week 1 fixtures, No. 23 Boise State will take on Washington at Bronco Stadium, Weber State will face PAC12 outfits Oregon State, while Rhode Island and Syracuse will go live on ESPN3.
College Football Schedule: Week 1
Friday, September 4
Charlotte vs Georgia State LIVE ESPNU, WatchESPN
#5 Michigan State vs Western Michigan 6:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
#4 Baylor vs SMU 6:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Rhode Island vs Syracuse 6:00 PM ESPN3
Fordham vs Army 6:00 PM
Weber State vs Oregon State 7:00 PM PAC12
Kent State vs Illinois 8:00 PM BTN
Washington vs #23 Boise State 9:15 PM ESPN, WatchESPN