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Holiday Bowl Eve-- Pre-Game Blitz

Standing in for the Daily Bears Report tonight, I have everything you need to know about tomorrow's game, the last for 2012's outstanding group of seniors and another chance for Baylor Nation to show how far we've come!

RV/NR/NR BAYLOR (7-5, 4-5) vs. 17/19/17 UCLA (9-4, 6-3)
Dec. 27, 2012 | 6:55 p.m. PT/8:55 p.m. CT
San Diego, Calif. | Qualcomm Stadium (70,561)

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Even now, vast portions of Baylor's fanbase are either already on the west coast or in transit for tomorrow's game. I've been extremely impressed with the response I've seen from our fans and the sheer number of people traveling to see the Bears play. As I've mentioned before, a good turnout at this game can mean great things for our program as a whole.

Because of the holidays being so close to the game this year, I haven't been able to do as much in preparation for this game as I'd like. For that, I sincerely apologize. Thankfully, our friends over at Bruins Nation have done quite a bit of work themselves, though you'll have to excuse a certain bit of homerism in some of what they do. Acting like I don't do it myself would be quite dishonest. In case you haven't checked it out before, the Holiday Bowl hub here at ODB is where I've been putting everything related to tomorrow's game in order to keep it in one place.

As for tonight, there's quite a bit of action related to this game in both the twitterverse and on the larger SB Nation network. Here's the best I can find:

Baylor Football - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Central- The official hub for tomorrow's game on

Football Meets UCLA in Holiday Bowl - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Baylor and UCLA will play for the first time ever Thursday in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with kickoff slated for 6:55 p.m. PT (8:55 p.m. CT).

Holiday Bowl Preview: UCLA Hopes to Outduel Baylor - Pacific Takes
Two high-powered offenses face off in this year's Holiday Bowl in what could be a very high-scoring affair. Which offense will outpace the other?

Holiday Bowl 2012: Baylor vs. UCLA odds and lines - SB Nation Dallas
Odds makers expect a very even match-up between Baylor and UCLA at this year's Holiday Bowl.

UCLA vs. Baylor 2012 Holiday Bowl preview - College Football - Gabriel Baumgaertner -
UCLA (9-4) vs. Baylor (8-4) 2012 Holiday Bowl preview: Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin will lead the Bruins against Nick Florence and the Bears.

No matter what Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams does in Thursday night’s game against UCLA in the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, his touchdown catch last year that beat fifth-ranked Oklahoma will live in infamy at the school.

Defenses will be tested when Bears, Bruins meet for first-time in Holiday Bowl - The Washington Post
SAN DIEGO — Now, this could be a Holiday Bowl.

Finally, Bruins Nation completed their 3-part Holiday Bowl Preview tonight:

UCLA Football: Previewing the Baylor Bears - Part 1 - Coaching - Bruins Nation
We take a look at Baylor's excellent coaching staff led by Art Briles.

UCLA Football: Previewing the Baylor Bears - Part 2 - Offense - Bruins Nation
We take a look at Baylor's explosive offense that averages over 44 points per game.

UCLA Football: Previewing the Baylor Bears - Part 3 - Defense and Special Teams - Bruins Nation
We take a look at Baylor's struggling and undersized defense.