The Baylor Bears first fielded a football team in 1899. Baylor's greatest football success came under the leadership of head coach Grant Teaff, who took over a struggling Baylor team in 1972, and within two years managed to win the program's first Southwest Conference title since 1924. That season and the win that year over the rival Texas Longhorn team are still referred to as “the Miracle on the Brazos” after the river near Baylor campus. Teaff managed to put the Baylor Bears on the college football map, and the current squad looks to continue his legacy and hopefully even improve on it. The Bears play in the Big 12 Conference and have won over 8 conference championships. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Baylor Bears football tickets.
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2017 Baylor Season Preview
The Baylor Bears concluded their 2015 season with 10 wins and 3 losses, including a win in the Russell Athletic Bowl against North Carolina where they ended the season as No. 4 in the Big 12. Baylor enters the 2016 season with a number of question marks, starting with the abrupt change in the head coach position. After eight years as the Bears head coach and taking earning a spot as a top Big 12 team, Art Briles was dismissed and replaced by interim head coach Jim Grobe. Baylor begins the 2016 season with only nine starters and the task of rebuilding both offensive and defensive side. The offense will be led by quarterback Seth Russell, who has proven to be an asset to Baylor. Russell will need to rely on the strongest position in the Bears' offense with running backs Shock Linwood, bowl game MVP, and Johnny Jefferson who had a 1,000 yard 2015 season. The Bears will have a lot of work to do to up their power on the defensive line with a less experienced team. The change in coaching has lowered the Bears' odds as a conference championship and a showing in the CFP, but they could surprise fans and come out as a stronger team. Exciting games on the Baylor Bears 2016 schedule will be against rival teams Texas Tech, TSU and Texas Longhorns.
Baylor Bears Football at McLane Stadium Address: Waco, Texas, 76711
The Baylor Bears play their home games at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. McLane Stadium was built in 2013 and opened for the Baylor Bears season opening game in 2014. Built on 93 acres, McLane Stadium will hold 45,000 fans with a future expansion plan to 55,000. The new stadium will also feature six founder's suites, 39 suites, 74 loge boxes, and 1,200 outdoor club seats. McLane Stadium parking information is covered in our Bears event guide.
The games was born as a crosstown rivalry when TCU was in Waco, only a few miles from the Baylor campus. A fire that destroyed the main building ended up relocating the university to Fort Worth, but rivalry continued to grow and has now been played over 100 times, with the series split almost exactly 50/50 thus far.
Baylor vs. Texas Tech Another close series all-time, the Bears are Texas Tech’s most played opponent. The game has been played at neutral sites recently, including the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Recently, this has been the game to watch if you wanted to see a whole lot of offense.
The Baylor Bears Rivalry with the Texas Longhorns is one of the oldest rivalries in the State of Texas. The first time that the Bears and Longhorns met on the gridiron was in 1901, and the teams have played almost every year since. Although the Longhorns lead the overall series by a large margin, Baylor has had a couple strings of extended success in the series. From 1974-1992, the Bears won 10 games against Texas, one of the most successful runs of any team against the Longhorns during that period. Baylor’s rise to prominence in the Big 12 has put life back into this rivalry, which is once again one of the best in the South.
Baylor in the CFP National Championship and Bowl Games
Baylor Bears fans would love it if its team could turn back the clock to 1900 when they went undefeated but with 2 Big 12 Conference Championship wins from 2013 and 2014 they've become a top conference team. The Bears have come out victorious in double-digit bowl games making them one of the more decorated postseason teams. Before joining the Big 12 in 1996 they won seven Southwest Conference Championships making them one of the most successful teams in conference history. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and Big 12 Championship Game.
2015 Baylor Football Preview
Art Briles incredible run as Baylor Bears head coach continued last season, with the Bears pulling in another Big 12 Championship. The 2015 season marks the end of Bryce Petty’s era as Baylor’s quarterback, but the Bears look to reload with highly touted junior Seth Russell. Russell will inherit one of the nation’s most dangerous offenses with Shock Linwood, KD Cannon, and Lynx Hawthorne representing some of the most dynamic players in the Big 12. The question mark with all of the Baylor teams over the last 5 years, has been the defense. The Bears defense gave up 25 points per game last year, but struggled against top offenses, giving up more than 40 points to Texas Tech, TCU, and Michigan State. If the Baylor Bears defense can play better against top teams, Baylor will be a contender for the College Football Playoff in 2015. Baylor’s game against TCU on November 27th could possibly be between two undefeated teams, and looks to be the game to determine the Big 12 Champion. Other top games on the 2015 Baylor Bears Schedule include against West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas.
2014 Baylor Football Preview
In just a few short years, Art Briles has turned Baylor into the class of the Big 12. The Bears beat both Texas, and Oklahoma in 2013, in route to their first conference championship since the breakup of the Southwest Conference. This success on the field when combined with the opening of the brand new McLane Stadium has the energy in Waco as high as it has ever been. The Bears lost some star talent to the NFL draft last season including running back Lache Seastrunk, safety Ahmad Dixon, and guard Cyril Richardson. But don’t expect the high flying Baylor offense to miss a beat in 2014, with outstanding quarterback Bryce Petty returning and talented freshmen receivers KD Cannon and Davion Hall poised to make names for themselves. The Bears will have a tough road schedule in the Big 12, traveling to Norman, Austin, and Morgantown. Look for Baylor to continue on its upward trend and for them to be in the thick of the Big 12 title race at the end of the season.
2013 Baylor Football Preview
The Baylor Bears lost Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright after the 2011 season, but the offense didn’t miss a beat in 2012. Baylor finished second in all of college football in yards per game and averaged nearly 45 points a game. More of the same should be expected for Art Briles’ squad. Bryce Petty looks ready to take the reigns as the starting quarterback, but the success on offense will be tied directly to running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. The junior Seastrunk averaged an astonishing 7.7 yards per carry while the senior Martin scored 15 touchdowns last season.
With a veteran receiving core and a talented offensive line, the Baylor Bears will once again rank near the top of all the offensive categories in college football. Floyd Casey Stadium will host West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas in 2013.
2011 Baylor Football Preview
After years of being perpetual also-rans in the Big 12, the Baylor Bears’ head coach Art Briles performed what many around the conference thought was a minor miracle—he led the Bears to a national ranking, winning record and a bowl berth. Although they lost to Illinois in the Texas Bowl, Briles is looking to build on that momentum and bring Baylor’s football program to the level of many other Texas FBS schools like UT and Texas A&M.
Many say that wave of success will ride on the heels of the Bears’ quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Griffin, who as a sophomore has already captured most of the school records, is looking to build beyond his gaudy numbers during his junior year. He will have to lead the team now that his spectacular backfield option Jay Finley is now playing Sundays in Cincinnati. The empty backfield is still looking for its star, with junior Jarred Salubi and senior Terrance Ganaway leading the pack. Luckily for Griffin, his star wide-out is still around. Two-time All-Big 12 selection Kendall Wright is back in Waco, and looking to improve on his record-setting 2010, along with sophomore Tevin Reese and junior Josh Gordon rounding out the receivers.
Defensively, the Bears are trying to catch-up to their offensive brethren. Many are pointing to that side of the ball, and its 188 points allowed during a four-game slide to end the season, as to why the Bears didn’t win more last year. Phil Bennett, who had been at Pittsburgh and SMU before, is the new defensive coordinator, and he’s looking to remake the unit from the ground up.
2010 Baylor Football Preview
Many Baylor fans have hailed redshirt sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin as the man who will bring the Bears to their first bowl games in 16 years. All that hope went out the window in 2009 when Griffin tore his ACL in the third game of the year and the team stumbled to a 4-8 record and a last place finish in the Big 12 South.
Griffin is back from injury and will be looking live up to the expectations of his freshman year. He can both run and throw exceptionally well and the Bears have an offensive line who should provide him with plenty of protection. There are question marks at running back as senior Jay Finley was limited last year and there is inexperience at the wide receiver positions.
Baylor will have to improve dramatically on defense that ranked last in the conference in rushing yards per game last year and their 405.6 yards per game landed them in 10th. However, that will be tough as all-american linebacker Joe Pawelek and standout safety Jordan Lake both graduated.
Although Griffin's return is good news for the offense, the uncertainty on defense makes it difficult to believe the Bears will legitimately contend for the Big 12 South. However, an easy non-conference schedule with Sam Houston State and Rice could propel them into their first bowl game since 1994.
2009 Baylor Football Preview
The Baylor Bears are a dark horse contender for the Big 12 Championship heading into the 2009 college football season. Baylor Head Coach Art Briles and star quarterback Robert Griffin lead a talented Bears team that should make life difficult for opponents. If Baylor can overcome a tough B12 South Division schedule that includes top 10 teams Oklahoma & Texas, then this could be a dream season for Bears.
2008 Baylor Football Preview
The Baylor Bears football team plays exciting football in one of the very toughest conferences in the nation, the Big 12 Conference. With a new coach this coming season in Art Briles, the Bears will look to improve their performance in the Big 12 South division and hope to play for a bowl bid in 2008. Floyd Casey Stadium will be teeming with Baylor fans hoping to knock off their division rivals in Texas and Texas A&M.