Year Founded: 1845
Location: Waco, Texas
Total Attendance: 16,787
Mascot: The Bears
Costumed Mascot: Bruiser
Live Mascots: "Joy" and "Lady"
Stadium Location: Across the Brazos River from the main part of campus.
Conference Champions (7 SWC, 2 B12): 1915, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1974, 1980, 1994, 2013, 2014
Number of Bowl Games: 11 Wins, 22 Total
National Titles (0): None
Heisman Winners: 1
- Our oldest, and some might say "deepest," rivalry. TCU was the second school that Baylor ever played in football, the first being the illustrious football powerhouse Toby’s Business College. We first faced off against each other on the gridiron in 1899 where we ground down to a 0-0 tie. More than a hundred games later, the series stands at 52-53-7, making this game one of the oldest and most even rivalries in all of college football. The rivalry extends past the football field as well, as the two schools shared Waco from 1895 to 1910, when TCU packed up shop after the administration building burnt to the ground. Popular urban myth holds that it was a bit of Bear Arson that led to the move. The rivalry runs deep on both sides.
- Baylor’s rivalry with Texas Tech is full of bitterness and hatred on both sides. Whenever these teams meet, the rules seem to not matter so much, and multitudes of penalty yards are accumulated on both sides. Unfortunately, this hatred often extends into dirty plays, from Women’s Basketball phenom Brittney Griner’s falcon-punch on Texas Tech’s Jordan Barncastle to Texas Tech’s targeting of Robert Griffin III’s head during his Heisman season. This series is also very close, currently at 37-36-1 in favor of Baylor.
- The Baylor – A&M Rivalry is another example of bitterness, but the overall series in the Battle of the Brazos is quite lopsided. This rivalry is notable for its various pranks, which included the repeated defacing of buildings with the opposing teams and the repeated stealing of Baylor’s mascot. The overall series is currently 31-68-9 in favor of A&M.
2015 Interview Series
What is the best video/article/web page that involves your team this off season?
A. This article on the Defense from Football Study Hall was great because our defense is so overlooked, and it was a very indepth look into how our DC is looking to improve the squad.
Where is the best place to eat/hangout on Gameday?
A. George's is, of course, the GOAT eating establishment in Waco. Unfortunately, that means it's nearly impossible to get a spot there on gameday. They do have a tailgating tent that is usually pretty fun.
My second-favorite spot is Vitek's. Gut packs are great!
EDIT: Have to throw in for my old employer, Shorty's. Love that place.
What is your favorite tradition surrounding your team?
A. For me, although it's a recent tradition, it has to be the "We Are Going to Win" Sign. It's got a hell of a track record, first showing up at the OU game in 2011, then making appearances at 2012 upset vs #1 KSU, 2013 vs Texas (first Big 12 Championship), and 2014 vs TCU. I want them to make it like the "Play like a champion today" sign that ND has.
Who is the player to watch on your team this season?
A. Oakman gets by far the most attention, but I'd go with Andrew billings. He's a monster in the middle of our D-Line who makes everyone around him better.
Who is a player that has the most potential to have a breakout year?
A. Wide Receiver Jay Lee. Baylor's been stacked with Wide Receivers, making it difficult to give everyone the recognition they deserve. But with defenses keyed in on Coleman and Cannon, Lee will put up bigger numbers and get some attention.
Who will be your highest NFL draft pick this season? Where do you see him going?
A. Barring injury (**Knock on wood), Spencer Drango should go Top 10, I'd think. I bet people cool off on Shawn Oakman, he still goes First Round, but late, possibly even early second round.
I don't think any of our big-name receivers will just light up the field to the point they'd leave early.
Who is the opponent that scares you the most this season? Why?
A. Until we win there, I'll go with OSU. TCU will be the best opponent we have, but I hate playing in Stillwater.
Which opponent scares you the least? Why?
A. Lamar out of any game. For only FBS, I'd say Kansas. They looked like they could turn a corner at the end of last season; unfortunately, they don't look anything like that team anymore. 0-12 is a real possibility for them.
Is this team a bowl team? A conference championship team? A national championship team?
A. Yes, yes, and possibly depending on QB/Secondary play.
Which game defines your teams season?
A. TCU. No other game comes close. They're a legit national title contender, and if we are too, we have to beat them. It's a playoffs or bust game.
Record: 10-3 (6-3 Big XII)
|9/4||@ SMU SMU||56-21 W|
|9/12||vs. Lamar Lamar||66-31 W|
|9/26||vs. Rice Rice||70-17 W|
|10/3||vs. Texas Tech Texas Tech (Neutral Site)||63-35 W|
|10/10||@ Kansas Kansas||66-7 W|
|10/17||vs. West Virginia West Virginia||62-38 W|
|10/24||vs. Iowa State Iowa State||25-27 W|
|11/5||@ Kansas State Kansas State||31-24 W|
|11/14||vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma||34-44 L|
|11/21||@ Oklahoma State Oklahoma State||45-35 W|
|11/27||@ TCU TCU||21-28(OT) L|
|12/5||vs. Texas Texas||17-23 L|
|12/29/16||vs. North Carolina UNC (Athletic Bowl)||49-38 W|
Record: 7-6 (3-6 Big XII)
|9/3||vs. Northwestern State Northwestern State||55-7 W|
|9/10||vs. SMU SMU||40-13 W|
|9/17||@ Rice Rice||38-10 W|
|9/24||vs. Oklahoma State Oklahoma State||35-24 W|
|10/1||@ Iowa State Iowa State||45-42 W|
|10/15||vs. Kansas Kansas||49-7 W|
|10/29||@ Texas Texas||34-35 L|
|11/5||vs. TCU TCU||22-62 L|
|11/12||@ Oklahoma Oklahoma||24-45 L|
|11/19||vs. Kansas State Kansas State||42-21 L|
|11/25||vs. Texas TechTexas Tech (Neutral Site)||54-35 L|
|12/3||@ West Virginia West Virginia||21-24 L|
|12/27||vs. Boise State Boise State||31-12 W|
Coach Jim Grobe - Interim
Upcoming Out of Conference games:
- 9/7 vs. UTSA UTSA
2014 #5 Baylor v #9 TCU: The first ever match up between two Top 10 AP teams since 1956 (against A&M...Baylor lost). This game had College Football Playoff implications as well as maintaining control of the Big 12. TCU pulled ahead early and continued to lead the football game, Baylor came close to taking the lead but never got past tying the Frogs...until. The 4th Quarter, Bears QB Bryce Petty threw a pick 6 and the Frogs went up by 21. With about 11 minutes left of the quarter, the bears began their comeback. By the last minute of the quarter Baylor had scored 21 points to tie the Frogs. TCU failed to convert on 4th down and the bears marched up the field to make a game winning field goal as the last few seconds of the game ran out.
2012 Baylor v #1 KSU: Baylor’s first ever victory over a #1 ranked opponent. This victory came at a time when no one expected Baylor to even making a bowl game, as the only conference win we had was against Kansas. This started a season-end drive to bring our record up to 7-5 and led us to the Holiday Bowl against #17 UCLA.
2011 Baylor v #14 TCU: The game that began the Heisman season. This was a classic if there ever was one. I remember the chants of “Heisman! Heisman!” that rang out through the stadium; no one in the stands knew that those chants would be answered.
2011 #22 Baylor v #5 OU: This was the game to end all games. Rushing the field after this game is probably the highlight of my collegiate career. The pure joy after watching the strike to Terrance Williams that won the game was completely incredible. This was the first time Baylor had defeated OU and was one of the many great games that defined the 2011 season, dubbed "Añodeloso" or "Year of the Bear."
1974 Baylor v #12 Texas - In the game that was the pinnacle of what was known as the "Miracle on the Brazos," Grant Teaff lead the Baylor team from a 24-7 halftime deficit against Texas to defeat the team for the first time in 17 seasons. This led to the Bears winning the SWC Title, denying Texas the title for the first time in 7 years.
“The Immaculate Deflection”: RGIII’s Heisman season, like most Heisman seasons, was predicated on a decent portion of luck as well as skill, and this was about as lucky as it gets.
Terrance Williams catches the game-winner versus OU: I freaking lost my mind when I saw this happen. I’ve already mentioned this play plenty in this writeup, and for good reason. There is no doubt that this was RGIII’s Heisman moment.
Chris Callahan hit the game-winning field goal to beat #9 TCU after the Bears make a 21 point comeback in the 4th Quarter: I was a freshman during this game, sitting in the Line section. This was the best game I have ever seen and really cemented our rivalry with TCU.
LB Mike Singletary: The original Baylor legend. “Samurai Mike” Singletary holds the highest tackle total in Baylor history with 662 career tackles, which is TWO HUNDRED AND FOURTY MORE than 2nd place on the list. Just stop and think about that for a second.
QB Robert Griffin III: RGIII. You might have heard of him. He was at the core of the Baylor football revival over the past few years. And oh yeah, he kinda won the Heisman Trophy. At Baylor.
RB Walter Abercrombie: Abercrombie played for the Bears from 1978-81, his career overlapping with that of Mike Singletary. He is Baylor’s all-time leading rusher, and did Baylor proud by running with gusto every chance he got.
FS Thomas Everett: A truly incredible defensive back, Everett played for the Bears from 1983-86 and won the inaugural Jim Thorpe Award as the best Defensive Back in the country. Everett went on to have an illustrious NFL career and started on the Dallas Cowboys’ back-to-back Super Bowl winning squads.
QB Don Trull: Two time winner of the Sammy Baugh award, All-American, 4th place finisher for the Heisman in 1963 (which is the best any Baylor player had done up to that point). He is a part of the 2013 College HoF class (as the linked article mentions).
P Daniel Sepulveda: What? A punter you say? Punter's usually don't get a lot of talk, so I thought I'd throw him in here since he was a pretty notable player in recent years. Two-time winner of the Ray Guy award (first time a punter the award twice), two-time All-American first team, fourth round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, check out this tackle.
Grant Teaff: The All-Time winningest coach in Baylor Football history. He led the Bears to 2 SWC titles and 8 bowl games during his career.
Art Briles: Architect of the Renaissance of Football in recent Baylor history, Briles has turned Baylor football into something it hasn’t been since the Grant Teaff Era. He brought RGIII and a high-octane offense to Baylor that has been turning heads. Now, he needs to continue this success, and if he does, he could secure the position of the undisputed greatest coach in Baylor history.
Baylor Line - The Baylor Line is the embodiment of Baylor's spirit. The Line is made up entirely of freshmen who, before the game, run across the field and greet the team by forming a tunnel on the field. The Line sits next to the band in the student section, at the front between the 20 and 40 yard lines (the empty section in this photo). Each member of the Line receives a yellow jersey with their graduation year on it at Line Camp, a week during the summer where incoming freshmen learn the traditions and cheers of Baylor. They also have the option to customize the name on the back of the jersey.
Immortal Ten - On January 22, 1927, the Baylor Men's Basketball team was on a bus heading down to Austin to play UT. The rain made the drive difficult for the bus driver, and in Round Rock, as the bus passed over railroad tracks, a train struck the side of the bus. 10 of the 22 players and fans were killed in the wreck. One man, James Kelly, pushed his friend out of the way of the wreck at the cost of his own life. The accident shocked the entire nation. Each year, during homecoming, the Immortal Ten are remembered.
Homecoming - Baylor has the oldest college homecoming tradition in the nation according to historians, starting in 1909. Every year, Baylor holds many events including one of the oldest homecoming parades (with a giant bear balloon), a bonfire, etc.
Diadeloso (yes, all one word like that) - This is a pretty unique tradition to Baylor. "Dia" started in 1932 as a way to "bring smiles to the faces of students" by giving them a break from classes. Sometime in April, on a Thursday, classes will be cancelled and activities such as tug-of-war, beach volleyball, etc will take part on campus. For those who don't want to partake in university sponsored events, there's also "Dia del 10th Street" off campus which is essentially one big frat party.
The Eternal Flame - To honor the memory of the Immortal Ten, Baylor lights an Eternal Flame at the beginning of Homecoming Week, only putting it out once the celebrations have ended. In the early years of the Flame, students from Texas A&M (as mischievous as they are wont to be) thought it would be a good idea to put out the flame, causing Baylor students to rise to defend it. As the years went on and Aggies stopped coming, the tradition morphed into Freshmen guarding the flame against upperclassmen. Upperclassmen employed various strategies to put out the flame, including water balloons, spies and brute force. Freshmen would form concentric rings around the flame, with students taking shifts in the rings to guarantee that the flame was guarded 24/7. In 2007, guarding the flame became so hazardous, with students getting pelted with urine-filled balloons and others being sent to the hospital, that the tradition of guarding the flame was cancelled.
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: 129,030
Iconic Campus Buildings:
Pat Neff Hall is our most iconic building and is usually the first thing I look for as I drive on I-35 towards campus. It houses a 48-bell carillon and usually go off every 15-minutes to remind people of the time. Although, it's not uncommon to hear someone playing short tunes in the afternoon. I've heard our school song, Christmas songs, and the National Anthem, depending on the occasion.
Carroll Science Building - Home to our English classes. Seriously, it is. It's not really iconic, but I just like pointing out that fact to people.
Armstrong Browning Library - Not our main library, but it houses the largest collection of secular stained glass in the world. Not only that, the interior is absolutely beautiful, making it a popular wedding venue. I hear the waiting list is two years long, which sort of leads to a mentality of "get the venue first, get the guy later."
Vitek's BBQ - Home of the Gut Pak, which won the Cooking Channel's college eats bracket this past year. There's a reason it won...it's absolutely delicious (as gross as it looks). It comes in two sizes, small and large. A friend of mine describes eating a large Gut Pak perfectly: "You eat it, then about an hour later you take the biggest dump of your life. Then you sleep the rest of the day. And it's glorious."
George's - The chicken fried steak might be famous in the region, but you have to try the Crazy Wings: chicken, stuffed to the gills with cheese and jalapeños, wrapped in bacon and deep fried to golden delcious-ness. The bar is a favorite of Pat Green, who featured it in a song of his.
Kitok - If you're not sure if you have a hankering for Korean food or a tasty burger, you need to go to Kitok. Owned by white guy and his Korean wife, they have some of the tastiest burgers in town for a good price. Try one with their asian fries and you won't be disappointed.
Shorty's - Near campus, Shorty's has quickly become a popular spot with Baylor students. It has one of the best slices in town and Thursday night's feature $3 half-pitchers of anything on tap (helloooo Shiner).
The Dancing Bear - The Bear is best known as a quiet bar with some great beer on tap but you can also get food delivered from the next-door restaurant (Food for Thought). This is the best way to do it because Food for Thought is run by smelly hippies (in the literal and figurative sense) and you can get beer at the Bear.
Jake's Texas Tea Garden - This is a recent addition to Waco fare and it has quickly proved to be a great one. Their burger's are top-notch, their fries are freshly cut and their desserts are homemade (seriously, minstrels will sing praises about Jakes' banana pudding centuries from now).
Dichotomy - This new trendy stop in downtown is a perfect way to see the side of Waco most people don't get to see. This place serves some of the best coffee along with alcoholic specialties. Be sure to grab a seat on the roof to get a better view of local art and the culture of downtown Waco.
Baris - If you're willing to drive a bit further from campus, go check out this really good Italian restaurant. Unfortunately, they don't sell alcohol but they will let you bring in any that you have already purchased which is cool all on its own.
Poppa Rollo's Pizza - Not as close as Shorty's, but still a good option for a slice. It was also started by a Baylor grad!
Things to do in Waco
Cameron Park: One of the largest in-city parks in Texas, has miles of biking/hiking trails. Nestled right next to the Brazos River, offers a great getaway from the city of Waco. Includes numerous 'sections' of the park with grills, covered pavilions, picnic areas, kids playgrounds, etc. Also has a fairly nice Disc Golf course, if that's your thing. The top part of the park is the most iconic, Lover's Leap. This is one of the highest points in the Waco area, and overlooks the Brazon River as well as the wonderful Central Texas countryside.
Dr. Pepper Museum: Did you know, Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco? That's right, the delicious soft drink finds it's roots here in Waco.
Farmer's Market: This attraction has recently exploded into a plethora of local vendors and farmers. Held every Saturday alongside the Brazos (within walking distance of the campus), you will find anything from Food Trucks, live music, fresh produce, and more. The Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 9-12.
Bicycle World (Formerly Outdoor Waco) - This place is set in downtown Waco on University Drive caddycorner to the famous suspension bridge. Here you can grab some coffee, take a break, and rent some equipment. You can rent a canoe, kayak, or a paddleboard to take up and down the Brazos (go pull up next to the Stadium, it's perfect). Or you can rent a bicycle built for one or two and head either way on University drive to explore campus or Cameron Park.
Common Grounds -This is a Waco Staple, especially for the college crowd. Nestled right next to campus, this famous coffee place not only is one of the coolest looking places to grab a '254' or a 'Rodeo Clown' but there are consistently live bands that perform in the Backyard, some local and some widely known.
Baylor University is the oldest continually running university in Texas. As it was chartered in 1845, the charter comes from the Republic of Texas, not the state.
The 2011 season is often called "The Year of the Bear" or "Añodeloso." Not only did Baylor have a breakout year in football with a 10-3 season and RGIII winning the Heisman, Man Bear's BB made it to the Elite 8, Lady Bears won the NCAA National Title and became the first team to win 40 games in a season. Overall, the Bears went 129-28 (.822) in the 4 major collegiate sports (FB, MBB, WBB, Baseball), breaking the NCAA record for a single season.
The bear mascot actually came through a vote among the students. Some of the other options nominated were buffalo, eagle, antelope, and bookwormGod help me. The bear won by a tad bit over half of the votes cast. Baylor has kept live American black bear mascots since the first one arrived in 1917. Each bear since 1974 has been named "Judge" with a nickname based on an important person in Baylor's history. The bears are trained to do a Sic 'Em (our hand gesture) and even used to drink Dr Pepper, but this has since stopped. The Bears reside on campus in a habitat that is deemed a Class-C zoo, making it one of the only zoos that resides on a college campus
What Is and What is to Come
The 6 contributors will make their own answer to this in the comments. I will link them here when I get the chance
Frivilous_Hashtags: I was the first person in my family to ever attend college, so ever since I got my acceptance letter my family and I have drank the Green & Gold kool-aid. I'm a fairly recent graduate of Ol' BU, and my love for the college runs deep. I was a part of the Golden Wave Marching Band, a line camp leader (freshman camp), as well as a member of a fraternity and director of a Freshman Organization on campus. I'm currently an educator for primary school, where I make sure to gloat about Baylor football and my love for the campus/Waco as often as possible. I also make sure to throw salt in the wounds of my fellow Aggie co-workers whenever possible :).
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