Baylor Bears Football News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
About Baylor Bears Football
- Regular season record: 11-1
- Rank entering postseason: #5
- Bowl game: Cotton Bowl Classic vs Michigan State
The Baylor Bears play Division I college football for Baylor University in the Big 12 Conference. The Bears play their home games at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, TX. Art Briles is Baylor's head coach. The Bears' chief rivals are Texas A&M;, Texas Tech and Texas Christian University (TCU).
Baylor's football program kicked things off in 1899. The Bears went 3-0 in its 1900 season. They have won the Southwest Conference five times; the most recent title came in 1994. Baylor is currently 8-9 all-time in conference play. After a 16-year bowl game drought, the Bears made it to the Texas Bowl in 2010, where they lost to Illinois. Legendary Chicago Bears linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is a Baylor Alum. He was an All- American during his junior and senior seasons. Baylor currently has 10 former players in the National Football League.
Floyd Casey Stadium
The Bears have called Floyd Casey Stadium home since 1950. The 50,000-seat stadium is located at 3088 Burnett Avenue in Waco, TX, about four miles from the Baylor campus. The stadium is named for Floyd Casey, whose son Carl put $5 million towards an $8 stadium renovation project.Currently, the largest Floyd Casey Stadium crowd is 51,385; that record was set during a 2006 game against Texas A&M.;
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3/25/15: About 5,600 of the Baylor Bears faithful got their first extended look at the future last weekend. The Bears held Friday night scrimmage and expected starting QB Seth Russell put up some impressive stats with four touchdowns and 345 yards passing. In total, the first and second string offenses combined for over 600 yards of offense and five scores. As solid as the stat sheet was, head coach Art Briles was not impressed. He said that Russell was 'just OK' and there is 'a lot of room for improvement'. That sounds good to the Bears as they try to replace Bryce Petty.
3/18/15: Baylor probably wished this would have come along a year earlier, but live and learn is case. The Big 12 Conference decided to make good on that "One True Champion" rhetoric and decided to give the Conference Championship to the team with the best record in Conference Play (no change there). In the event of a tie, the head-to-head winner would be the Champ. That would have been Baylor last season since they beat TCU. Instead, that tie-breaker did not exist and the Big 12 had co-champions. And they had no representation in the College Football Playoffs.
3/11/15: Baylor was heavily criticized for not playing a strong out of conference schedule last season, which is one reason that they were left out of the first college football playoff. They are not getting any sympathy now since they announced future games with Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian. Granted those games will not start until 2018, but it continues a trend of scheduling far inferior opponents such as Lamar, Northwestern State, Liberty and Incarnate Word. At least they have Duke on the slate for both 2017 and 2018, but otherwise, the non-conference schedule is among the weakest of any Power 5 team.
3/4/15: It may be impossible to make Baylor head coach Art Briles happy - he certainly has earned a nickname like the Scrooge of Waco over the past several months - but perhaps this will elicit something nearing a smile: With Oliver Luck leaving West Virginia to join the NCAA, there is an opening on the College Football Playoff Committee. That spot will be filled by Texas Tech AD Kirby Holcutt. Additionally, Archie Manning should be back on the committee after stepping down last year due to health concerns. That gives the committee two 'southern' football guys - the same type of guys that Briles insisted were not on the committee last year and cost the Bears a spot in the playoffs.
2/25/15: Baylor has successfully climbed near the top of college football largely because of their offense. That offense, of course, is a spread, which puts a lot of receivers on the line, making it difficult for defenses to catch up. When any rule or proposed rule comes up that could hamper that, Baylor head coach Art Briles and others are against it. And they are against a new NCAA rule that bans offensive linemen from being more than one yard past the line of scrimmage while a pass is in the air. Briles is joined by Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Mississippi's Hugh Freeze and Arizona State's Todd Graham in trying to get the new rule reversed.
2/11/15: Baylor has transformed their football program from historical doormat to conference powerhouse over the past decade, and they deserve credit for doing so. Of course, with success comes animosity, so some may view Baylor as a villain, especially after head coach Art Briles' attacks on the College Football Playoff system just a few months ago. As for recruiting, the Bears still lag behind the rest of the Texas teams, finishing 43rd overall. They signed 19 players, four of whom are 4-star players (according to Rivals). But while Briles may ruffle some feathers, he is a good coach who will keep the Bears competitive in the Big 12.
2/5/15: Need anymore proof that Baylor is playing with the big boys of college football after going through generations as a mediocre program? The school joined the arms race in upgrading their facilities by adding an alumni locker room. This is a room for former Baylor players to utilize when they come back to Baylor for workouts and training. On the surface, it may look like an attempt to get more alumni back, but it also gives recruits and current players some access to NFLers, which is always an appealing proposition for young men who are trying to get into the world of professional football.
1/28/15: Now former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty took full advantage of his last chance to impress NFL scouts with game tape by leading all passers in the annual Senior Bowl last weekend. Petty, playing for the North, tallied 123 yards on 9 of 13 passing, though he did have one interception. Petty may be the best quarterback that Baylor has ever known, so replacing him will not be easy. Hopefully, NFL scouts will recognize his talents and he will have a chance to make a living by playing on Sundays. Incidentally, the North routed the South, 34-13.
1/21/15: Perhaps Baylor fans and alumni can now look back on the generations of mediocre football and laugh. After all, Baylor is one of the best programs, not just in the Big 12, but in all of the country. The final tabulations have them at 7th in the AP Poll in 8th in the Coaches Poll. That is what happens after several good seasons and finishing the last one at 11-2. As for recruiting, they do have signed letters of intent from a pair of four star offensive weapons: quarterback Jarrett Stidham and wide receiver Blake Lynch. The national rankings may have them outside the top 25, but this staff has been known to make stars out of lower ranked recruits in the past.
1/14/15: Congratulations to now-former Baylor QB Bryce Petty who picked up a new piece of hardware last week. Petty beat out Indiana safety Mark Murphy and Ole Miss defensive lineman D.T. Shackleford to win the 2014 Seminole Tribe of Florida Bobby Bowden Award, which is presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The award honors the epitome of the 'student-athlete' both on the field and in the classroom. Petty was 'humbled' by the award and gave a very eloquent and meaningful acceptance speech. Even though the award is named after the long-time Florida State head coach, Jameis Winston was not a finalist.
1/7/15: Baylor football has been tremendously impressive for the past few years. It was not that long ago that the Bears were at the bottom of the conference standings. But they have been strong for the last few years and drew consideration for the College Football Playoffs this season. Unfortunately, they could not hold that momentum in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State. The Bears let a 20 point fourth quarter lead evaporate and ended up losing 42-41. While it is a sour note to end the season, the Bears are still among the best in the Big 12 and have every reason for optimism in 2015.
12/3/14: Baylor and TCU are on a collision course for the Big 12 regular season title, and with it, a chance to go to the College Football Playoffs. Both teams won last Saturday, and a win is better than a loss. However, the Bears may have fell somewhat in the eyes of the Selection Committee because they were only able to escape Texas Tech with a 48-46 win, while TCU clobbered Texas. The Bears also lost QB Bryce Petty in third quarter to injury, and that may play a factor going forward. Baylor has one last chance to show that they should be in the top four, and that comes this Saturday at home against Kansas State.
11/19/14: The Baylor Bears had a late season bye last week and will be back at home next weekend to host the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Baylor sits at 8-1 and ranked 7th by the College Football Playoff Committee. That being said, they are actually ahead (in Big 12 standings) of TCU, which the Committee has ranked fourth, due to winning the head-to-head game earlier in the season. The Big 12 has denied a report that if the two teams are tied at the end of the season, then they would submit Baylor as their choice for the playoffs. Ultimately, that would not matter as the Committee was formed to make up their own mind about the top four teams in the country.
11/12/14: No. 12 Baylor had not beaten a ranked opponent on the road in 37 games dating back to the first President Bush Administration. They were at Oklahoma to face the 15th ranked Sooners and got down early. But Bryce Petty and the Bears battled back and scored the next 45 points for a 48-14 blowout. Unlike Notre Dame and Auburn, this was a one-loss team that survived their challenge and still has a chance to make the playoffs this season. The Bears have a bye this weekend then are back home to face Oklahoma State, a team that has lost most of its offensive line over the past month.
11/5/14: No one expected No. 13 Baylor to have any difficulty in hosting Kansas last Saturday. And they didn't, blowing out the Jayhawks 60-14. The Bears took a 39-7 lead into halftime and barely let off the gas in the second half. QB Bryce Petty had a solid day with 277 yards passing and three touchdowns. The team, as a whole ran for 326 yards and only allowed a miniscule 16 yards rushing to Kansas. That is a nice way to show 'game control' to the playoff selection committee. Baylor is still in the hunt for the playoffs at 7-1 and can drastically improve their chances with win this Saturday at Oklahoma.
10/29/14: There are no two ways around it, the loss at West Virginia hurt the Baylor Bears immensely. The team dropped from fourth to 12th in the rankings and must battle their way back up the mountain. But Baylor is actually in a good position. They still are 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play. If they can run the table, combined with the attrition that is certain to occur at the top of the rankings, then the Bears may still find their way into the playoffs. Baylor had a bye last week, which is a good time to get everything back in order. Next up is Kansas, and a good chance to move back up the rankings.
10/22/14: Amidst all the talk about Mississippi State rising from unranked to first in five weeks, as well as the ongoing sagas of FSU's Jameis Winston and Georgia's Todd Gurley lies Baylor. Baylor seems like the forgotten son, despite the fact that they went into last weekend ranked fourth, are unbeaten and beat TCU on the road. Baylor was on the road against West Virginia on Saturday and was tied at 27 entering the fourth quarter. But that is when West Virginia pulled ahead with a pair of touchdowns to seal the game 41-27. It is a tough loss for the Bears who have a bye this weekend.
10/15/14: While Mississippi State beating Auburn got most of the national headlines, don't forget that Baylor is ranked fourth in the country and rallied late in the game to beat No. 9 TCU. This was the game that defense forgot, but that is what made it so compelling. TCU scored two quick touchdowns at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take a 58-37 lead. However, the Bears were only getting warmed up and scored three touchdowns plus a field goal as time expired to steal a 61-58 win. Baylor heads east this Saturday to face the Mountaineers in West Virginia.
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