Baylor Secures A Spot in the Big 12 Championship Game

Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game
Photo credit: Baylor Athletics

Remember before our 2021 season when all of the highly paid analysts and media representatives picked Baylor to finish 8th in the conference before only Texas Tech and Kansas? Remember when they said Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas (LOL FOREVER), Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, and Kansas State would all be better than the now nationally ranked No. 9 Bears? How stupid was that? Well folks, for the second time in only three years, the Baylor Football team (10-2, 7-2) is heading to the Big 12 Championship game to compete in a rematch against No. 5 Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1) on Saturday at AT&T Stadium! The last time Baylor went to the conference championship game was in 2019 when they were ranked 7th in the country and sadly fell to No. 6 Oklahoma 30-23 in overtime (read my devastating recap of that game here). The game was classically modern Baylor as not one but two QBs went down with injuries and the Bears were forced to finish the game on the back of third-string freshman QB Jacob Zeno (who is currently no longer with the team). The injuries were reminiscent of the 2015 season where all of Baylor’s QBs went out and the coaching staff figured out how to absolutely trounce defensive lines with the magical “Wildbear” offense. Now, we’ll most likely have a more versatile offense than our 645 rushing to 111 passing yards in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl against North Carolina, but the Big 12 Championship game should still see the majority of our play coming from the running game (we love senior RBs Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner) and shining defensive accolades. The last time the Bears met the Cowboys (or Pokes? What do they even go by now?), senior LB Terrel Bernard was out with an injury, so it’ll be fun watching him tear up the OK-State OL and hopefully, assisted by star senior S Jalen Pitre, record many a Spencer Sanders sack and interception. Who knows what the outcome of the game will look like, but I’m thrilled that our Bears went from 2-7 to 10-2 in one season and that they’ll have a chance to avenge one of their most frustrating regular-season defeats on a spectacular stage!