Baylor Bears Football Schedule
After winning the Big 12 conference title in 2013, the Baylor bears are well aware
that they will be going through the entire Big 12 schedule with a big target on their chest. The state of Texas has some big
college football teams that are bowl contenders and produce all kinds of future NFL stars, and the Baylor Bears are no exception.
The Waco, Texas based football team is part of the Big 12 Conference, and as such the Bears have a tough schedule on the slate
every single season. With the Bears playing conference competitors like the Texas Longhorns, TCU Horned Frongs and Texas Tech
Red Raiders on the regular, Baylor football fans always have a big game to gear up for. Football fans looking for some excitement
on the football field can check out the Baylor football schedule and head over to McLane Stadium to get into the thrills of
NCAA football whenever the Bears take on Big 12 rivals on home turf in upcoming months.
The home schedule begins on
August 30th when the SMU Mustangs come to McLane Stadium to take on the Bears. The home opener is always special in Waco,
but this year's will be extra special as fans will get to celebrate a Big 12 championship as well as to cheer the team on
during the start of a season that will see them defending that title. On Saturday, November 22nd the Oklahoma State Cowboys
come to Waco and give the Bears the opportunity to avenge their only Big 12 during the 2013 season. This could be a match
up that decides the Big 12 champion so do not miss the chance to come out and cheer on the Baylor Bears.
Bears Football Conference
The Baylor University Bears are part of the Big 12 Conference, where they face in-state rivals
like the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs. The Big 12 is packed full of powerhouse teams, including
other big teams like the Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys
and West Virginia Mountaineers. The Bears have been part of the Big 12 since its formation in 1996, prior to that playing
in the Southwestern Conference from 1914 until its dissolution in 1996. The Big 12 is part of the NCAA Division I FBS circuit,
and teams around the conference vie to compete in bowl games such as the Fiesta Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, Alamo
Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas and Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Baylor Bears Football Rivalries
Most of Baylor's biggest rivals in NCAA football are also in-state and conference
competitors, including Texas Tech, Texas Christian and University of Texas. The Baylor - TCU rivalry is one of the most longstanding
in all of college football, dating back to 1899 when the two teams first started playing each other on the football field.
Games against the Red Raiders and the Longhorns also bring football fans in droves from all parts of Texas as the Big 12 competitors
battle it out for big conference wins. The Bears are also a big rival of the SMU Mustangs, although the two teams were bigger
competitors when they were both part of the now-defunct Southwest Conference. The Baylor football team also has some former
rivalries against former conference competitors such as the Arkansas Razorbacks, Houston Cougars, Rice Owls and Texas A&M
Aggies. The Bears and Aggies compete for the Battle of the Brazos, although the Aggies' decision to leave the Big 12 also
squelched much of the rivalry.
Baylor Bears Football History
The Baylor Bears are still establishing themselves
in the Big 12 Conference, although they were a recognized powerhouse in the Southwest Conference. The Bears won the Southwest
Conference seven times, in 1915, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1974, 1980 and 1994. Baylor has also played in five major bowl games, and
most recently have won the Alamo Bowl (over Washington) in 2011 and the Holiday Bowl (over UCLA) in 2012. The Bears are considered
a constant threat in the FBS and are big competitors whether they're playing a conference rival or another competing team.
The Bears were ranked one of the top teams in the league in the 200s when Robert Griffin III played for Baylor, and in 2011
the team even finished in the Top 20 of the AP Rank and Coaches Rank for the first time since the '80s.
Bears Football NFL Players
If you recognize names like Robert Griffin III, you might be a fan of the Baylor Bears football
team. RGIII was one of the most prolific players to ever go through the ranks of the Baylor football program, and is the only
Baylor player to win the Heisman Trophy to date, which he won in 2011. Griffin also is the Bears' only winner of the AP College
Football Player of the Year Award, as well as the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Year and Sporting News College Football
Player of the Year, which were all won in 2011. Griffin is still a quarterback in the NFL, and there are tons of other former
Baylor players that have gone on to play pro football after their tenure spent with the Bears. Current NFL players and coaches
include names like RGIII, Mike Singletary, David Gettis, Terrance Williams, Josh Gordon and Nicolas Jean-Baptiste. The Bears
have also yielded several consensus All-Americans, including Barton Koch, Larry Isbell, Bill Glass, Lawrence Elkins, Don Trull,
Roger Goree, Aubrey Schulz, Gary Green, Mike Singletary, Thomas Everett, Santana Dotson, Daniel Sepulveda, Jason Smith, Kendall
Wright, Robert Griffin III and Terrance Williams.