What does it take to believe in Baylor football?
That is a good question. Does 7-2, BCS rank 21, a win in Austin? Do I believe?
I must say, my belief is tough to win. I have been hurt too many times. There have been too many seasons where the only comforting thought is "well, there's always next season." I remember watching the UNLV defensive back returning a fumble for 99 yards on the last play of the game to rob Baylor of one of their few wins over the past 14 seasons in the Big XII. I remember getting trounced repeatedly by Texas, Oklahoma, A&M, Tech, and others. I remember years where we messed up the pre-conference schedule so bad that even 3 Big XII wins were not enough for a bowl bid.
Even in Baylor's last two games, I was almost expecting something bad to happen. Even when we were up by 19 on K-State in the fourth quarter, I remember thinking that we would implode. Even up by 11 in the fourth quarter on Texas, I was expecting a huge turnaround. I wasn't expecting to be the team holding all the cards and having all the plays go their way. I certainly wasn't expecting Texas to fumble the ball on what turned out to be their final play of the game. More appropriate to recent Baylor history would be a missed tackle and a long touchdown run after catch. I have seen it too many times.
So, do I believe? Well, lets say I am half-way there. Do I think we can win all three remaining games? I believe we have a chance. Do I think we will? No, but, I also thought we would lose to K-State and to Texas. So, go ahead Baylor, prove me wrong. I dare you. I double-dog dare you!