Baylor Looks to Avoid Historic Home Game Hex Against Oklahoma

By Scott Page
Jermoe Miron-USA TODAY Sports

When No. 10 Oklahoma rolls into Waco, Texas Thursday night, it will be the biggest home game in the history of the program for No. 6 Baylor. It’s the first game between top-10 teams at Floyd Casey Stadium since 1956 and just the third ever for Baylor at home.

It’s also the first time since 2006 that the school is removing the tarp that covers the South end of Floyd Casey Stadium. That will allow about 3,500 general admission tickets to be sold for the first time in a long time.

The Bears’ No. 5 Associated Press ranking is the school’s highest since 1953. But despite Baylor’s increasing success and explosive style of play, home attendance hasn’t even topped 47,000 since 2006. Not even Robert Griffin III‘s Heisman Trophy season of 2011 could sell out the joint — not even once.

As of Monday, the game was not sold out, despite all the hoopla surrounding it. But considering this is Baylor football, it’s not that surprising. Floyd Casey has been filled up to or in excess of its listed capacity of 50,000 fans just five times since the stadium opened way back in 1956.

If there are empty seats Thursday night, perhaps it’s more a strategic move by Bears fans than an apathetic one. Because so far this season, every contest labeled as “Biggest Home Game in School History” has ended in misery for the host.

Texas A&M‘s game against Alabama on Sept. 14 was touted as the biggest ever at Kyle Field. The Aggies gave up 35 consecutive points and came up short.

Northwestern‘s Oct. 5 game against Ohio State was called the biggest ever at Ryan Field. The loss sent the Wildcats into a tailspin – they haven’t won since, losing five straight.

Washington‘s game against Oregon on Oct. 12 was billed as the biggest ever at Husky Stadium. The Huskies were crushed by three touchdowns.

Clemson‘s Oct. 19 game against Florida State was hyped as the biggest ever at Death Valley. The Tigers were manhandled and gave up 51 points, the most ever at home.

And Missouri‘s game against South Carolina on Oct. 26 was at least one of the biggest ever at Faurot Field. The Tigers blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost in overtime, ruining a perfect season.

Now it’s Baylor’s turn to face the curse of the “Biggest Home Game in School History.” Considering the trend this season it may be best if Bears fans stay home and act like nothing big is happening on campus Thursday night or they risk witnessing their team fall victim to the curse.

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