Baylor Bears football has returned
That feeling of the warm fall Waco sun setting over the Brazos River at McLane stadium with thousands screaming in attendance is only a few weekends away.
Anticipation is in full swing as the season opener is right around the corner with the matchup against the Albany Great Danes on Saturday, Sep. 3rd.
The Bears take the field for the first time since their phenomenal season in 2021, finishing off a historic win in a New Year’s Six bowl game against the Ole Miss Rebels, 21-7. The Sugar Bowl victory solidified Baylor’s best season as a program and proved that Dave Aranda is capable of leading Baylor to greatness with multiple title games and possibly soon enough a playoff appearance. Aranda was awarded the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards program’s Big 12 Coach of the Year for his success in 2021.
The green and gold are poised to repeat as Big 12 champions with both Texas and Oklahoma seemingly being left in the dust last season. Texas won’t be looking to blow the doors off anyone this fall with 11 or so projected starters are either freshmen or sophomores and redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers’ capability still being an unknown to this point. Oklahoma State was also primed for a debut at the CFP until Baylor spoiled their chances in the rematch for the Big 12 title game.
With the power 5 conferences seemingly up in the air with expansions and others being completely restructured, who knows what will become of the Big 12 in the next few years. With Texas and Oklahoma jumping ship and joining the SEC around 2025, there will be new blood to fill those holes in the conference. Baylor could very well remain atop the mountain in the conference for quite some time.