Melz Texas Bucket List: Big 12 Football Game At Baylor University
Melz Texas Bucket List is a series where I go out and about to check out some of the great things that make Texas a great place to live.
Having lived here for well over 15 years, I've never been to a "Big 12 College Football" game despite the fact that we literally have two Big 12 schools less than an hour away from our area with UT to the south and Baylor to the north.
I see these games on National TV almost every week and always wanted to know and feel what the atmosphere was like on those big stages. So on Halloween night, instead of spending my evening being harassed by kids knocking on my door for treats, I scored a few tickets to see the currently undefeated Baylor Bears go up against The West Virginia Mountaineers in a game that was broadcast nationwide in prime time on ESPN.
For starters, McLane Stadium in Waco is a beautiful and great venue to catch a game. There's literally no real bad seat in the house. I sat up in the cheap seats on a chilly October night but it was perfect game weather.
Here's an interesting fact, if you go to a Baylor game, make sure you find a place to park near downtown Waco so you can avoid paying for parking near the Stadium. The City Of Waco has a round trip shuttle that will pick you up from downtown and drop you off in front of the stadium and return you to downtown when you're ready to go.
Once we arrived, the atmosphere was indeed exciting with fireworks before kickoff, military jet flyovers and "The Baylor Line" (Baylor Freshmen run across the field to form a human tunnel for the Baylor football team as it enters the field) provided the backdrop for a great night of college football.
The game itself was action packed and tight throughout with the 2 teams locked into a 14-14 tie headed into the 4th quarter. After Baylor took the lead early in the 4th quarter with a FG, WVU would punt and Baylor would muff the punt, giving WVU the ball back with less than 4 minutes left in the game.
After a strong defensive stand by Baylor, WVU would attempt a game tying field goal only to have it blocked by the Baylor defense, pretty much wrapping up the win for the Bears.
I've been to college football games before but never on the 'FBS' level and I gotta say that it was a fun night and I look forward to checking out more games like this in the future but for now, it's another check mark off my "Texas Bucket List". Special thanks to my buddy Jamie Garrett with KISD Radio for tagging along with me.
Where and what else is next in Texas that I NEED to see and do? Hit me up on our Facebook page or hit me on my social media @melzonthemic and give me some ideas!