Following their Selection Sunday disappointment, Baylor has mostly kept its mouth shut about its College Football Playoff snub in favor of Big Ten champion Ohio State.
That changed on Sunday.
“It pisses us off,” said quarterback Bryce Petty.
The Bears seemed to buy into the theory that they were left out in favor of the Buckeyes simply because they are Baylor and Ohio State is Ohio State.
“If we had a bigger name like that, I feel like those guys would have been in quick, but being Baylor, we’ve been making a name for ourselves in the last couple years and have to try to remain at the top,” wide receiver Antwan Goodley told FoxSportsSouthwest.com. “I kind of already knew what the committee thought about Baylor. I knew they probably would not put us in the playoffs. I’d say half of that is on us, but we can’t control that.”
“We’re not scrubby little Baylor anymore,” added offensive tackle Spencer Drango.
Whether they truly feel this way or it’s all Art Briles psychological gamesmanship, the Bears have bought in.
“This isn’t the Baylor from 10 years ago. Hopefully, sooner or later, people will and accept us for our play on the field and not who we were back in the day,” Petty said. “Teams change. You’ve got to adapt and understand some people don’t want it that way. Some people want the big money schools and that’s fine. But we’re going to go out here and play football and we’re going to be dang good at it. That’s our motivation.”
One thing is abundantly clear, however: Baylor can’t become 2004 Cal reincarnated. Baylor will turn from sympathetic underdogs to an arrogant laughingstock if they don’t actually beat Michigan State, a team that, by the way, No. 4 Ohio State handled in East Lansing earlier this season.