Mike Martz

The Baylor Effect: Spread energizes Bowling Green, Tulsa

Baylor's spread offense is spreading and making opposing defenses sick.

The top three FBS teams in yards per game this week are Baylor and two programs led by protégés of Bears coach Art Briles.

Bowling Green is second in the nation in yards per game (609.3) in year two under former Baylor assistant Dino Babers. Tulsa is third (607 yards per game) in its first season with former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as head coach.

Briles' player-friendly system is easily transferrable and highly effective. The fifth-ranked Bears (2-0) have been first or second in total offense the last four years and are averaging 754 yards this season.