Baylor Football: A Great Story
Every year, there are teams that overcome long bowl droughts, and it makes for a nice story. Last season, for example, far from perennial bowl teams such as Idaho, Temple, and SMU got a chance to play in bowls. Temple is back this year (enjoy head coach Al Golden while you can, Owls fans) so the story is less intriguing, but there is another team that has made a bowl for the first time in quite a while. That would be the Baylor Bears.
For years the Bears were the doormats of the Big 12; when you play against vaunted, prestigious football programs such as Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska, that is going to happen. However, since Art Briles took over as head coach, things have been different. Having Robert Griffin III to play quarterback doesn’t hurt either. Very rarely does a school like Baylor get a player so dynamic and talented. Not only have they made a bowl for the first time since 1994, Sportsbook currently has them at +2,500 to win the Big 12, which is a major accomplishment for this program.
With so many bowls, making it to college football’s postseason isn’t as much of an achievement as it used to be. Still, who would begrudge these players and their fans a chance at one more game every season? When a team such as Baylor gets a rare chance at playing in a bowl, it makes it all even better. You may not root for the Bears, but they are still a great story.