Christmas in Sunny San Diego! College bands get a story! Basketball!
After defeating OSU on Saturday, Baylor Football accepted an invitation to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Sunday, to be played in San Diego on December 27th. This is the first out of state bowl for the Bears in a very long while, and they'll be facing the "other" bears: the UCLA Bruins. The Bears go into the break before bowls as one of the hottest teams in the Big 12, winning their last three games and 4 of their last 5 against ranked and talented opponents. You can find ODB's coverage of the bowl news here.
A major part of those last games was Lache Seastrunk, who showed the talent and grit that could make him a star (and a Heisman contender in 2013) with his touchdown run in Saturday's game. The other major part? The Baylor defense, which played at a level previously unseen in the last year and a half across the last three weeks, holding Kansas State to less than 30, getting a stop on downs to win in overtime against Texas Tech, and then intercepted and scored against Oklahoma State. Ahmad Dixon is a recognized leader of the resurgent Baylor defense, and since choosing his hometown school over offers from Texas and USC he's been a part of three bowl teams and still looks towards the goal of winning the Big 12.
Baylor men's basketball plays Northwestern tomorrow evening at the Ferrell Center after knocking off defending national champions Kentucky on Saturday 64-55. Part of the reason for their win may have been the veteran leadershipprovided by players such as Brady Heslip and Pierre Jackson, and the fact that Kentucky doesn't really have that right now.
Finally, something close to my heart: College bands in the era of the hurry-up offense. Oh, and you might recognize the picture at the top of the article.
DBR note: There will be a few days these next two weeks that a DBR may go up in the afternoon or not at all. Finals aren't very fun, especially 9 AM ones.