10.30.2013 Daily Bears Report, Early Edition

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Keep on doubting, Herbs.

Kirk Herbstreit tries to be dismissive of Baylor while not sounding dismissive of Baylor and fails. He's not the only one still full of doubts about the Bears, but the looming Thursday game is the chance to put all of that to rest. If Art Briles can coach his team to victory through the rest of Baylor back-loaded schedule, the Bears shouldn't have to worry about one-loss teams remaining ahead of them.

Bryce Petty is arguably the best quarterback in the Big 12 by a fairly decent margin, and his play in these last 5 games could put him in real contention for Baylor's second Heisman, especially if Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston stumble at all.

Scott Drew hasn't hesitated when it comes to rotating players around in the point guard position in practice, looking for a group effort to replace Pierre Jackson. The experience of returning front-court members Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin doesn't hurt, either. The Bears play their first game in Dallas against Colorado on Nov. 8.

Senior point guard Odyssey Sims and the Lady Bears start their season tonight with an exhibition game against Palm Beach Atlantic in the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. Baylor will be a team looking for a new, smaller identity after the departure of four-year star Brittney Griner, along with five other seniors last year, and these first few games are where Kim Mulkey will make her final adjustments.

Men's golf placed third at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate yesterday, finishing only three strokes back of second place Stanford with an 18-under-par 1,048 score. Jerry Ruiz led the Bears, taking 15th place with a score of 4-under 209.

Women's golf struggled to overcome a rocky start at the Alamo Invitational, holding steady in the final round of play to take 13th place in the 54-hole tournament. The Lady Bears finished with a total score of 25-over-par 893, and were led by Laura Lonardi, who tied for seventh individually, shooting 2-under 213.

Baylor women's tennis' Blair Shankle won three qualifying matches to advance to the main draw of the John Newcombe Women's $50,000 Pro Challenge event, the largest professional tennis tournament in south central Texas. Shankle will face Slovenia's Petra Rampre in the first round today.

Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling released their Spring 2014 schedule, which includes meets against Oregon, Hawaii, and Azusa Pacific.

FINALLY, THE MAN HIMSELF HAS CALLED FOR A BLACKOUT. WILL BAYLOR FANS LISTEN?

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