NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) -The SFA Lumberjacks will begin their 93rd season of completion on the road at Baylor University in Waco.
The team admits the game will not be easy with SFA being a FCS team going up against Baylor for the fifth time in school history.
“If you are an 18 yeyar-old going out and playing against a 21 year-old at a power 5 school chances are the talent disparity is there a little bit so there is a confidence factor. That is where we just have to work on our scheme.”
According to the Baylor game day notes, the Bears are 4-0 all-time against SFA with the most recent meeting a 48-0 victory at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2011. In that matchup, Robert Griffin III kick-started his Heisman campaign with 343 total yards.
SFA is entering the season with Colby Carthel as the 20th head coach in team history. Carthel was hired from Texas A&M Commerce where he led the team to a national title at the Division II level.
“When you are preparing for your opponent and it is a coaching change like SFA it is twice the work,” Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said. “You have to watch SFA for personnel and then you have to watch Texas A&M Commerce for the schemes. Carthel brought staff with him. What I will say is they are well coached and well put together. They know what they are doing and can present all types of problems.”
Carthel knows that Baylor has plenty of playmakers and his team is not planning on rolling over.
“Every yard they get we want to make sure they earn it,” Carthel said. “We are not giving it to them with busted assignments or blown coverages. We can’t control how many scholarships Baylor has or how many grat players they have. We can only control us and hope to have a chance to be in the game in the 4th quarter and do something special.”
The game will kickoff at 6 pm Saturday.