On Saturday night, beneath the bright lights of our beautiful McLane Stadium, Baylor Nation witnessed something unprecedented — the Baylor Bears winning back-to-back Big 12 championships
in football! From those who set an attendance record of nearly 48,000 to the hundreds of thousands of green-and-gold-clad alumni and friends of Baylor watching around the world, resounding voices near and far rose up to form a collective song of exuberance on a magical night.
Baylor Nation is deeply grateful for the leadership of head football coach Art Briles and everyone connected to our outstanding football program, especially our dedicated and talented student-athletes who have given their all on the field of play this season.
It was a truly remarkable weekend. Baylor University was placed on the brightest stage possible, with ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasting on our campus Saturday morning. Fans of collegiate football everywhere watched our nationally televised game in the evening. Our wonderful students, including the iconic Baylor Line, filled the stadium after a full day (that actually began the night before) of championing Baylor and gathering around McLane Stadium in expectation of the day’s events. Saturday was, quite simply, a singular and sterling moment in Baylor’s history.
By defeating Kansas State by a score of 38-27 to finish the regular season with a record of 11-1, the Bears did much more than win the Big 12 championship. They brought all of Baylor Nation proudly together. While Baylor was not selected to participate in the first-ever College Football Playoff, we celebrate a spectacular regular season
that affirmed our status as the best football program in Texas. Baylor concludes the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in the AP Top 25 poll and on the brink of completing the best football season in school history.
On New Year’s Day, at 11:30 a.m., when we play Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
in Arlington, we will have the opportunity to once again demonstrate the unity of Baylor Nation and the strength and character of our football team. We have been officially designated the home team
for the game. With the contest being played just up the road in Arlington, we will doubtless enjoy a powerful home-field advantage as well. This is all good.
On the first day of the New Year, Baylor Nation will come together to cheer our team on to a victory that will be remembered in the annals of Baylor University and for generations to come.
Sic ‘em Bears.
President and Chancellor