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.
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.