Baylor Bears football odds

The Baylor Bears football team doesn’t top anyone’s list of perennial National Championship contenders. But that doesn’t mean sports bettors across Texas won’t track Baylor football odds all autumn long.

Scrappy and resourceful, the Bears offer solid betting odds to college football diehards and newcomers alike. Below, check out some key details about betting on Baylor football, plus live Baylor odds direct from online sportsbooks (once gambling on sports becomes legal in Texas).

This week’s Baylor football point spread

Our odds feed is designed to help bettors understand where the Bears stand in the eyes of the oddsmakers week to week. Below, check out the current odds available to the public. See Baylor University football odds that interest you? Click on them to directly visit the relevant sportsbook.

Baylor football Big 12 odds

Below, find the latest odds on Baylor to win the Big 12. If you find odds you like, click them to visit that sportsbook.

How to bet on Baylor football online

You’ve got the odds, and you’re ready to start college football betting online. But what do you do next? Below, we explain four popular bet types you’ll find at every legal Texas sportsbook.

What is the Baylor football moneyline?  

A moneyline bet is fairly easy to understand, which is why it’s one of the most popular bet types (along with the point spread) in college football. The basic idea is there are two teams playing a game, and you pick the winner.

Known for its moneylines selection, Caesars Sportsbook existed in Las Vegas well before the US Supreme Court left sports betting legalization up to the states. Because of that experience and longevity, you can always expect quality moneyline odds from Caesars’ online sportsbook and betting app.

Here’s an example of what a Baylor moneyline bet might look like:

  • Baylor Bears                            -165
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders      +170

The negative odds indicate which team is the favorite. The positive odds are for the underdog. Your potential payout is determined by how much you wager and the odds at the time you finalize your bet. For example, if you bet $165 on the Baylor Bears to win the game at -165 odds and they succeed, your payout would be $265. That’s your original stake returned to you plus $100 in profit. Meanwhile, a $100 winning bet on Texas Tech would return $170 plus your original $100 wager.

What is the Baylor football point spread?  

In the college football ranks, there are teams so powerful that their opponents simply don’t stand a chance, especially in the eyes of oddsmakers. That’s why some moneyline odds are so disproportionate that no one even considers betting on them.

Enter the college football point spread. The spread is determined by the oddsmakers to predict the number of points by which the favorite will win. This point margin evens the playing field and the odds (usually to -110). Now, the favorite must win by this point total or more to win a spread bet, and the underdog need only lose by less than the spread to be successful.

Fans of the point spread bet type can check out the offerings at BetMGM Sportsbook, which has a nice variety of spread bet opportunities. The lines are very competitive, and you might find bonuses aimed at existing customers.

Here’s a hypothetical point spread for Baylor vs. Kansas:

  • Baylor Bears             -9.5 (-110)
  • Kansas Jayhawks   +9.5 (-110)

The Bears in this example are favored to win by at least 10 points. If the Jayhawks keep it closer than 10 or win outright, then Baylor Bears spread bets lose, and the Kansas bets payout.

Your payout works the same as it does in our moneyline example. If you were to bet $150 on the Bears and they won, the payout would be $190.91, which includes $90.91 in winnings.

Baylor Bears totals odds

For over/unders, oddsmakers predict a total combined score between the two squads. Then, you bet whether the real score will land over or under that set total.

These bets almost always have a half-point attached to them (such as 45.5 points). This guarantees there will be winners and losers since football doesn’t have half-points.

DraftKings has some very competitive lines associated with its over/under betting opportunities. Many bettors use the DraftKings app as a way to shop around for some of the best lines available.

Here’s a quick example of a totals bet:

  • Over         52.5 (-110)
  • Under      52.5 (-115)

Oftentimes, both sides of an over/under bet will carry the same odds, but in this case, the under bet is expected to be slightly more probable. That’s why it carries lower sports betting odds. Maybe the oddsmakers believe in Baylor’s defense in this hypothetical matchup.

What Baylor Bears football props can I make?

The prop bet has become one of the best-known bet types in the entire industry thanks to its popularity during the Super Bowl. These bets can range from trivial to serious, but they almost always focus on team/player performance or over/under opportunities.

When FanDuel Texas debuts (following hopeful in-state sports betting legalization), prop bets will likely be central to its offerings. The more popular the two teams playing, the more props you can expect. In any case, FanDuel customers have a nice selection of college football prop bets to consider each week.

Here’s an example of a Baylor Bears prop bet:

Will the Baylor Bears score a touchdown during special teams play? 

  • Yes (+255) or No (+120)

Prop bets are often difficult to research, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit the books to sharpen your chances. Does Baylor have a high-quality return specialist this year? That said, the more you involve yourself in prop bets, the more you’ll discover some are easier to predict than others.

Baylor Bears football coaching staff

Putting together a competitive program in college football is about more than just recruiting and a favorable schedule. It takes a team of dedicated and talented coaches as well.

Here is the current coaching staff for the Baylor Bears football program:

  • Head coach: Dave Aranda
  • Assistant head coach: AJ Steward
  • Offensive coordinator: Jeff Grimes
  • Defensive coordinator: Matt Powledge

Here is a longer list of the head coaches who have led the Bears since they first began playing football:

  • Dave Aranda (2020-current)
  • Matt Rhule (2017-2019)
  • Jim Grobe (2016 – interim)
  • Art Briles (2008-2015)
  • Guy Morriss (2003-2007)
  • Kevin Steeler (1999-2002)
  • Dave Roberts (1997-1998)
  • Chuck Reedy (1993-1996)
  • Grant Teaff (1972-1992)
  • Bill Beall (1969-1971)
  • John D. Bridgers (1959-1968)
  • Sam Boyd (1956-1958)
  • George Sauer (1950-1955)
  • Bob Woodruff (1947-1949)
  • Frank Kimbrough (1941-1942, 1945-1946)
  • Morley Jennings (1926-1940)
  • Frank Bridges (1920-1925)
  • Charles P. Mosley (1914-1919)
  • Norman Paine (1913)
  • Ralph Glaze (1910-1912)
  • J. Mills (1908-1909)
  • Luther Burleson (1907)
  • Archie R. Webb (1905)
  • Sol Metzger (1904)
  • N. Watts (1903)
  • C. Ewing (1902)
  • J. Ritchie (1901)
  • H. Hamilton (1899-1900)

Where do the Baylor Bears play their home games?

The Baylor Bears host their opponents at McLane Stadium on fall Saturdays. We have additional information on the stadium below.

McLane Stadium

  • Address: 1001 South MLK Jr. Blvd, Waco, Texas 76704
  • Owner: Baylor University
  • Operator: Baylor University
  • Capacity: 45,140
  • Opened: August 31, 2014
  • Construction cost: $266 million

How to watch and listen to Baylor Bears football games

Not everyone can catch the Baylor Bears live on game day, so we’ve put together this list of where you can listen to or watch the team.


  • FS1
  • ESPN
  • ESPN3

For streaming services, you can find some Bears games at:

  • ESPN+

If you’d rather listen to the games, tune your dial to:

  • KMWX 92.5 FM (Abilene)
  • KPUR 1440 AM (Amarillo)
  • KTXW 1120 Am (Austin)
  • KTXW 101.1 FM (Austin)
  • KSKY 660 AM (Dallas)
  • KPXI 100.7 FM (Henderson)
  • K253 98.5 FM (Henderson)
  • KNTH 1070 AM (Houston)
  • KYBI 100.1 FM (Lufkin)
  • KFYO 790 AM (Lubbock)
  • KFYO 95.1 FM (Lubbock)
  • KKAM 1340 AM (Lubbock)
  • KSLR 6340 AM (San Antonio)
  • KLUP 930 AM (San Antonio)
  • KRZI 1600 AM ESPN Radio (Waco)

You can also stream the games over the internet via:

  • TuneIn App
  • Sirius/XM Radio

A brief history of the Baylor Bears football team

You don’t necessarily need national titles in your trophy case to craft an interesting team history. The Baylor Bears have proven that since their inception in 1899. Sure, they’ve weathered some dark, irrelevant years, but Baylor has also fielded electrifying offenses worthy of remembering. Check out some team milestones below.

  • 2021: The Bears reach an all-time high ranking of No. 5 in the AP Poll. They also hold off an Oklahoma State rally in the Big 12 Championship Game to claim to the conference title.
  • 2013: The Bears claim their first Big 12 Conference title, which they would repeat in 2014.
  • 2012: Baylor defeats No. 1 ranked Kansas State, the largest upset in team history.
  • 2011: Quarterback Robert Griffin III is the first-ever Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, earning 1,687 votes.
  • 1996: Baylor, along with Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, join with Big 8 Conference schools to create the new Big 12 Conference.
  • 1994: The Bears land in a five-way tie for first place in the Southwest Conference.
  • 1980: The Bears earn another Southwest Conference championship.
  • 1974: Baylor wins the Southwest Conference.
  • 1974: The Bears come from behind to beat the Texas Longhorns, 34-24, to snap a 16-game losing streak against their rivals.
  • 1966: Baylor running back John Hill Westbrook becomes the first Black player in the Southwest Conference.
  • 1956: Baylor defeats Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl 13-7.
  • 1948: The Bears play in their first-ever bowl game, defeating Wake Forest in the Dixie Bowl 20-7.
  • 1943: No team was fielded this year or in 1944 due to World War II.
  • 1915: Baylor wins the Southwest Conference for the first time, which they would do again in 1916, 1922 and 1924.
  • 1914: The Bears are a founding member of the Southwest Conference.
  • 1914: Baylor officially adopts its Bears mascot.
  • 1906: No team was fielded due to a ban caused by the opposition to violence in the game of football.
  • 1905: The Bears begin playing their home games at Carroll Field.
  • 1901: The team plays its first-ever neutral site game, against Texas A&M.
  • 1901: The Bears play Texas and TCU for the first time.
  • 1900: Baylor goes undefeated on the season with a 3-0 record.
  • 1900: The Bears play their first-ever away game, visiting Austin College.
  • 1899: Baylor plays Texas A&M for the first time ever.
  • 1899: The Bears have their first-ever football team and host their first-ever game against Toby’s Business College.

Baylor Bears Football FAQ

According to TicketIQ, the price to attend a Baylor Bears home football game ranges from $21 to $132 as of August 2023.

No, but they have won 10 conference titles.

Grant Teaff, who coached Baylor from 1972 through 1992, has the most wins of any Bears head coach. Of the 239 games he coached, he led the team to a 128-105-6 record, which is a .548 win percentage.

Then, among coaches who had three or more years as the leader of the program, Bob Woodruff has the highest win percentage at .645. Frank Bridges, who led the team from 1920-1924, went 35-18-6 for a .644 win percentage.

Art Briles, who led the team from 2008-2015, went 65-37 for a .637 win percentage, which is the same win percentage as George Suer‘s, who from 1950 to 1955 went 38-21-3.

The Bears have played in 27 bowl games as of August 2023. Their first-ever was the 1948 Dixie Bowl where the Bob Woodruff-coached team defeated Wake Forest 20-7.

According to, there have been 270 Bears players drafted into the NFL throughout the history of the program.

There has never been a No. 1 overall selection from Baylor, though Jack Wilson (back, 1942, Los Angeles Rams), Adrian Burk (QB, 1950, Baltimore Colts), Jason Smith (tackle, 2009, St. Louis Rams) and Robert Griffin III (QB, 2012, Washington Redskins) were all No. 2 overall selections.

Baylor has been home to 15 consensus All-American selections.

The first was in 1930 when lineman Barton Kock was given the honors. The latest, as of the 2021-22 season, was defensive back Jalen Pitre, who earned the honor in 2021.

Three players have earned All-American honors twice while playing for Baylor. Spencer Drango, an offensive lineman, was named in 2014 and 2015. Lawrence Elkins, an end and back, was given the honors in 1963 and 1964.

The most famous All-American selection is arguably Mike Singletary, a linebacker in 1979 and 1980. He would go on to legendary status with the 1980s Chicago Bears.