Head coach Adam Dorrel’s ACU Wildcats are finished with fall camp, and it’s Game Week for the 2018 Wildcats.
They are getting ready to do something the program has never done.
Saturday’s game with Baylor is the first ever against a Big 12 team.
This is the big-time, and Dorrel and the rest of the team are looking forward to getting their shot against the Bears.
Quarterback Luke Anthony said, “Fall camp was great, but I think by the third week it was getting kind of monotonous going against our guys day in a day out. I think we are still competing hard, but I think we are actually ready to game plan for an actual opponent. Now that we get a Big 12 team that we get to play that’s in state, it’s a dream for all of us.”
Coach Dorrel said, “We’re not going to sneak up on Baylor, he’s too good a coach. Anything that we get Saturday night, we are going to have to earn. We’ve talked about that as a football program, we’re not going down there hoping to get lucky. We’re going to have to go down there and earn what we earn.”
Speaking of the Baylor Bears, they were embarrassed at the start of the 2017 season by losing to FBS Liberty to open the Matt Rhule era.
When asked about that this week, Rhule says his team has to look forward and think about this year and this week instead of trying to make up for last season.
Rhule said, “I don’t think last year has anything to do with this year. If we were 12-0, I’m sure Nick Saban is telling his guys, ‘Let’s get off to a good start.’ I want them to go win because they want to win. I think sometimes when we focus on the past we end up being victims to that. Last year’s over. You have to go play. The keys for this football team, the keys to life is, ‘Are you going to wait to have success to be confident, or are you going to have confidence before you have success.”
The Baylor Bears and the ACU Wildcats are one of the games televised on national television this weekend.
The kickoff at 7 p.m. in Waco.
This is the first meeting between the two schools.