After what has unfolded in college football over the last calendar year, it’s safe to say the Baylor Bears have a monumental chip on their shoulders. The “us against the world” mentality has always been a part of the Baylor program. With traditional powers such as Texas and Texas A&M neighboring to the south, it has always been difficult for the Bears to be relevant. Relevance is no longer an issue in Waco, and Baylor is undeniably the best college football team in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, being the best team in Texas didn’t secure the Bears a coveted spot in the 2014 College Football Playoff.
After a one lose regular season campaign in 2014, the Bears were regulated to play in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State. The underdog Spartans won 42-41 in what would be Baylor’s last game against a ranked opponent. Baylor has been dominate so far this season outscoring opponents 459-200 through eight games. This number can be misleading when you consider the Bears haven’t played a single team with a winning record. To boost their resume Baylor desperately needs a win against a ranked opponent. Luckily for them the 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners come to town this weekend.
Ten years ago the idea of Oklahoma coming into Waco wanting revenge would sound ridiculous. In 2015, it’s a reality, with the Bears outscoring the Sooners 89-26 in their last two contests. This traditional Big 12 front runner has recently taken a back seat to teams such as Oklahoma State, TCU, and Baylor. Their only shot at a Big 12 Championship and playoff berth is winning on Saturday. A win for the Bears will certainly jump them to 5th in the rankings and leave them knocking on the final four door. It’s almost been a year since Baylor has played a championship worthy opponent. Can the Bears survive their strong November schedule unscathed? If so the committee will have no choice but to put them in the top four.