Baylor fans (myself included) probably thought that this week would never come, but our favorite football team is taking the field on Saturday in the 2020 season opener! After a rocky start where the original first game against Louisiana Tech was postponed last week due to a COVID outbreak on the Bulldogs’ team (I wrote about it here), the Bears’ Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades and the athletics department super-humanly pulled together a matchup against Houston—one of Rhoades’ former schools—on Saturday at 11 a.m. I wanted to write a preview of the Baylor vs. Houston game because I’m so damn excited and nervous about the athletes’ health first and the outcome of the game second. Obviously COVID has and is running rampant through numerous college football teams (and everywhere), so every preview of the 2020 season is, for the first time, unknown. This uncertainty is heightened as the Bears lost most of their starting talent on defense after 2019 and new head coach Dave Aranda is making his green and gold debut with almost an entire new staff. Nonetheless, watching Baylor play Houston for the first time since their 1995 challenge will be interesting to watch, especially since former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen (he wears a visor, so you already know how I feel about him) is now leading the Cougars in the same position. Baylor released their depth chart for the upcoming game, which features many new names—specifically on defense—and returning starter favorites like senior RB John Lovett, junior WR Tyquan Thornton, and junior LB Terrell Bernard (okay, so they’re my favorites). The Bears are currently a 4.5 favorite so let’s hope they’ve prepared enough for their many new roles! Whatever happens on Saturday, Baylor fans of late have lived through both the horrific 2016 and 2017 seasons, so I think we’ll be fine either way. Yay for the return of football!