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Ranking the Big 12’s Top Rivalries

Conference realignment has taken away a couple big-time college football rivalries from the Big 12, but it’s also given back a little bit too. How does the revivalry stack up with the other conference rivalries? We’re ranking them to find out!

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Cameron Echols-Luper of TCU breaks free against Baylor | Getty Images | Cooper Neill

3. The Revivalry

BAYLOR vs TCU
All-Time Leader: Baylor 52–51–7
Most Recent Game: (#5) BU 61 – (#9) TCU 58

The rivalry between the Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs, while relatively new to the Big 12 conference, has been going on since the 19th century. The two teams started playing in 1899 when both schools were located in Waco, Texas. Following a fire, TCU found a new home just 90 miles away in Fort Worth. The rivalry continued through the early 20th century, with Baylor and TCU joining the SWC in 1915 and 1923 respectively. The two played each other as conference rivals until the end of the SWC in 1995.

The rivalry rebooted in 2006 after an 11 year hiatus (hence the name, “Revivalry”), and was then became a Big 12 rivalry game when the Horned Frogs joined the conference. Before then, TCU’s biggest conference rival was Boise State and Baylor didn’t really have a rival of their own.

Following two blowout TCU wins in ’06 and ’07, it appeared that the Revivalry wasn’t going to amount to anything serious. But in 2011, Robert Griffin III & Co. shocked the college football world by upsetting #4 TCU in the first game of the season. Ever since then, the series has been a lot more competitive, with Baylor winning the last two contests by three points each.

Following the exciting shootout in 2014, the Baylor-TCU rivalry has brought itself back in the national spotlight. The Revivalry is on the rise to becoming the Big 12’s premier game, and looking at where the two programs are headed, it seems that it could only get bigger from here.

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