Setting expectations for Baylor in Year One under coach Matt Rhule is complicated.
Baylor is still navigating the fallout of a scandal that led to the firing of coach Art Briles and the departures of an athletic director and school president. There is at least a possibility NCAA sanctions could follow.
The Bears are coming off a troubled 7-6 season under a lame-duck coaching staff, but from 2011-2015 they had four double-digit victory seasons and won two Big 12 titles. The Bears have the resources and infrastructure to remain a Big 12 contender, but it is no given they won't backslide to the bad ol' days.
Theoretically, Rhule will be given some leeway by Baylor fans...