In the rich landscape of college football rivalries, Texas versus Baylor doesn’t even register.
Take this Wikipedia “List of NCAA college football rivalry games,” which has well over 100 entries. You’re not going to find any mention of I-35. Heck, even Texas-Texas Tech and the Chancellor’s Spurs is on there.
Texas versus Baylor? There’s definitely something brewing. Other than the obvious results on the field, there have been more than enough instances to suggest animosity.
“I really don’t like Baylor. I still think they’re trash,” said Edmond, the former Texas linebacker, seemingly out of the blue after the 2014 spring game.
Later that year, leading up to the teams’ meeting in Austin, Harris added to the rhetoric.
“They’re still Baylor,” Harris said. “Just because they started playing better in this era, that’s good for them. We’re still Texas.”
The Bears didn’t take too kindly to the comments, responding with a stream of references to their 2013 Big 12-title clinching win over the Longhorns and the recent downward turn of Texas’ fortunes.
I love this trash too. pic.twitter.com/WosPbdSTJa
— Troy Baker (@T_Baker75) April 19, 2014
Steve Edmond mad cause we big 12 champs… He say we suck but who we beat for the big 12 championship?
— Patrick Colbert II (@BUFOOTBALL69) April 19, 2014
They ain't been nothing since Vince Young left..
— Orion Stewart (@OStewBU) April 19, 2014
“It’s a sign of something… I just can’t put my finger on it,” Baylor lineman Pat Colbert said.
“Still Baylor” won 28-7.
And who could forget last year, when the bad blood nearly boiled over into an on-field brawl after Baylor’s Lynx Hawthorne slammed Texas cornerback Duke Thomas along the Longhorns sideline. Both benches cleared, but more words were thrown than punches.
What’s the next chapter in this budding rivalry? We’re about to find out, and chances are it won’t be hugs and handshakes.
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