Baylor's Friday-nighter could be a classic

September, 21, 2012
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Who's ready for some Friday-night football? It's the first Friday game of the season for the Big 12, and history tells us this one could be a fun one.

I'll be here for all of it, so feel free to follow along on Twitter. I'll have some thoughts on the Big 12 Blog after it's all over with.

The last time the Big 12 played a regular-season game on a Friday night? Iowa State stormed the field at Jack Trice Stadium after knocking previously undefeated Oklahoma State out of the national-championship race.

The two other Friday-night games last season were fantastic, too. On Sept. 2, Baylor lost a 24-point, fourth-quarter lead to TCU before regaining it and kicking a game-winning field goal in the final minutes as RG3 kicked off his Heisman campaign with five touchdown passes and went up the road for an appearance on "College GameDay" the next morning.

A week later, Missouri rallied on the road against Arizona State before losing in overtime. A week later in the next Big 12 Friday-nighter, Iowa State went on the road and beat Connecticut thanks for a fourth-quarter comeback led by Steele Jantz.

The stage is set.

A couple quick notes before the game:
  • Baylor flew in to Monroe, La., for tonight's game only a few hours ago. It's an unorthodox approach. You don't see teams travel to game sites on the day of the game very often. Ultimately, I think this is a non-story, but if the Bears lose as seven-point favorites, expect it to suddenly be a hot topic in Waco next week. And yes, I think that's stupid, but it's going to happen. That said, I think Baylor takes care of business tonight and does so in somewhat convincing fashion. I picked the Bears to win, 41-28.
  • Baylor will be wearing its all-black uniforms for the second time in three games this season. The Bears debuted them in the Sunday night, season-opening win vs. SMU, and they're back this week. I had heard rumors of a matte-black helmet, but BU will be wearing its traditional gold helmets with its untraditional jerseys.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Tune in. I'll be tweeting along all night, so follow me if you dare.

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