For Baylor, the 2017 season has been different in many ways from the years the program has grown accustomed to. Saturday could represent another change.
Saturday’s matchup with West Virginia is the Bears’ homecoming game. Baylor has won seven straight homecoming games, dating to 2010. That season also marked the first of the Bears’ now seven straight seasons reaching seven victories, a program record.
Both streaks, of course, are at risk Saturday. The Mountaineers are one of the Big 12’s better teams, easily putting the Bears in position to suffer their seventh straight loss and miss a bowl game instead.
Baylor’s homecoming streak began narrowly, a 47-42 victory against Kansas State. The next year, the Bears won 42-39 over Missouri. Not until 2012 did the Bears have a comfortable homecoming victory, beating Kansas 41-14.
En route to the Big 12 title, Baylor defeated Iowa State, 71-7, in 2013. The Bears again dominated Kansas in 2014, winning 60-14. After beating Iowa State 45-27 in 2015, the 2016 homecoming game against came against Kansas, who the Bears defeated 49-7 to improve to 6-0.
The Bears are 46-43-4 in homecoming games all-time. The West Virginia team Baylor will face Saturday is far different than the lowly Cyclone and Jayhawk teams of homecomings past. Beating the No. 23 Mountaineers won’t come easily for the winless Bears, but maybe homecoming is just what they need to return to winning.
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