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11.12.2013 Daily Bears Report: The Baylor Defense

The Baylor Defense, MBB's home opener, Shock Linwood's ascendance... it's all there on this Tuesday morning.

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That's a good video highlighting the outstanding work done by the Baylor defense, led by Phil Bennett, this year.  Speaking of the defense, Art Briles sang their praises in the Meet the Press event (w/ video).  He also spoke about the loss of Tevin Reese and the pressure that will put on younger players to fill the void.

Your No. 23 Baylor Bears play their home opener against South Carolina today at 2 p.m. as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. The Bears rose two spots in the rankings after their 70-62 victory over former conference foe Colorado, despite our old friend Jon Wilner leaving them off his ballot entirely.

Baylor football will face Texas Tech this weekend in a meeting between mentor and former student, as former Texas Tech offensive assistant Art Briles and former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury face off as the head coaches of two similarly minded teams. The Bears will face the Raiders without one of their top weapons, as Tevin Reese suffered a dislocated wrist in last Thursday's win over Oklahoma and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Baylor should be able to adapt, though, with Clay Fuller and Levi Norwood waiting in the wings.

Big 12 Player of the Week Shock Linwood lived up to his nickname, rushing for 182 yards last Thursday after injuries to both Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk. Linwood may be called upon again, as Art Briles announced Martin and Seastrunk's status as "day-to-day" in the weekly press conference.

Quick Hits:

Full Week 12 college football TV schedule guide: Conference races heating up -
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