2023 Baylor Bears Football Preview

2022 Record: 6-7 overall, 4-5 in Big 12
Head Coach: Dave Aranda, 4th year: 20-16 

2023 Baylor Bears Football Preview

The Baylor Bears are looking to rebound from a disappointing 6-7 season in 2022. The Bears lost several key players to graduation and the transfer portal, but they also have some talented newcomers who could help them return to the Big 12 title conversation.

Key Players

  • Blake Shapen, QB: Shapen is the returning starter at quarterback after throwing for 2,968 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He will need to be more consistent in 2023 if the Bears want to be successful.
  • Tyquan Thornton, WR: Thornton is one of the most explosive players in the Big 12. He caught 53 passes for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022.
  • Tre Williams, LB: Williams is a tackling machine. He led the Bears with 115 tackles last season. He will be a key part of the Bears' defense in 2023.

Team Statistics

  • 2022 record: 6-7
  • 2022 scoring offense: 32.0 points per game (52nd in FBS)
  • 2022 scoring defense: 26.8 points per game (72nd in FBS)


The Bears have a tough schedule in 2023, but they have the talent to compete for a bowl game. If Shapen can take a step forward and the defense can improve, the Bears could even win eight or nine games.

Photo of Baylor Bears football team


The Baylor Bears are a team on the rise. They have a talented roster and a new coaching staff that is hungry to win. If the Bears can stay healthy and play up to their potential, they could be a dark horse contender in the Big 12 in 2023.

Sept 2 Texas State
Sept 9 Utah
Sept 16 Long Island
Sept 23 Texas
Sept 30 at UCF
Oct 7 Texas Tech
Oct 21 at Cincinnati
Oct 28 Iowa State
Nov 4 Houston
Nov 11 at Kansas State
Nov 18 at TCU
Nov 25 West Virginia

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