This afternoon multiple outlets are reporting that Baylor is confirming that the November 14 home game against the Oklahoma Sooners will be the Bears' third annual Blackout game. The Bears will be in all black, and all fans planning to attend are encouraged to wear black to the game.
Tim O'Donnell, Sports Director for KXXV News 25 in Waco, tweeted out the following:
#Baylor confirms to me that team will blackout McLane Stadium on Nov. 14 against Oklahoma. Did so in '13 against OU and in '14 against OSU.— Tim O'Donnell (@TimODonnell25) October 21, 2015
The annual Blackout game began in 2013 when the Bears faced off against the Oklahoma Sooners on a Thursday night. The atmosphere was absolutely electric at Floyd Casey Stadium and after a slow start, the Bears dominated the Sooners 41-12. Last year, the Bears wore all black against Oklahoma State in McLane Stadium, but efforts to black out the stadium were somewhat hindered by the torrential downpour that occurred that weekend, forcing rumored time changes and squashing attempts to tailgate in advance of the game.
While this news doesn't surprise me, it does strike me as slightly premature. We don't know when the game will be played, and have nearly two weeks until we find out exactly. This strategy didn't work so well for Texas A&M, who announced back in August that Adidas had made special "light up the night" uniforms for their Halloween game. Problem is, the game isn't being played at night. Couple that with the logistical problems of "glow in the dark" helmets working under the bright lights of a stadium, and you have a pretty hilarious story. I hope that Baylor doesn't follow in the footsteps of the Aggies and have the same thing happen to them.
As of the posting of this story, Baylor's released no official word. We'll keep you posted if we hear more.
UPDATE: As mentioned by commenter Baylor Clawyer, the Athletic Department sent out an email earlier today with information about Homecoming and indicated that the OU game will, in fact, be a blackout game. Here's the image: