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11.27.2013 Daily Bears Report: Pre-Thanksgiving Day

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I had a hard time coming up with a title for today's DBR, which has really nothing to do with Thanksgiving whatsoever. But that's what's on my mind, so here we are.

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Baylor takes on the Syracuse Orange (seriously) tonight at 9:00 PM central, and as always, the GDT for that one will go up 30 minutes prior to the game with information about the matchup.  Syracuse has an excellent SB Nation blog that you should check out until this: Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.

No. 18 MBB Takes On No. 8 Syracuse In Maui Finals - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The 18th-ranked Baylor basketball team takes on eighth-ranked Syracuse in Wednesday's championship game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN.

As far as everything else, there's a bit of news out there about Baylor this morning, but not much.  I think most people, like me, have already taken a mental holiday and don't really want to get into this whole "work" thing.

One thing I did want to talk about is the Heisman race, which heated up a little bit last night by virtue of another scintillating performance by NIU's Jordan Lynch.  As nearly as I can tell, not including our own Bryce Petty, there are 7 or 8 real contenders for the Trophy at this stage in the game.  I'll rank them by my guess as of now at their order of finish:

1. Jameis Winston
2. A.J. McCarron
3. Andre Williams
4. Jordan Lynch
5. Johnny Manziel
6. Derek Carr
7. Marcus Mariota

Anybody else you think should be on there?  It's a strange year with the candidacy of the obvious favorite -- Winston -- overshadowed by potential felony sexual assault/rape charges.  We found out yesterday that those probably won't come down, if they do, until after the ACC Championship Game.  That's also after the Heisman voting deadline.  Voters will have to decide whether to discount him before knowing the charges or just let it go, running the risk that the Heisman Trophy winner for this year will eventually charged with a serious crime.  We'll see.  I'm to the point that if Petty can't win it, and it seems like he probably can't, I'd like to see Lynch or Williams rewarded for their amazing seasons.

Boston College RB Andre Williams vaults into second place in HeismanPundit's Heisman Straw Poll | Heisman Pundit
Boston College running back Andre Williams, fresh off a 263-yard performance that pushed him past the 2,000-yard mark for the season, debuted in second-place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 26).

News News News News:

How the hell did Oklahoma State stop Baylor? - Football Study Hall
The 'Pokes had the perfect plan in the opportune moment to bring down the Bears.

Bryce Petty among 10 Manning Award finalists - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award which honors the nation’s best quarterback.

Baylor’s Morton day-to-day with strain - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Baylor coach Art Briles said Tuesday that senior cornerback K.J. Morton is "day-to-day" with an abdominal strain and his status for Saturday’s game against TCU is uncertain.

Baylor regroups after losing first game of season
After losing their first game of the season, Baylor regroups to achieve goals.

Big 12 predictions: Week 14
Can Baylor bounce back against TCU after losing their first game against Oklahoma State.

Big 12 conference race update Week 14 Oklahoma State Baylor Texas - ESPN
Oklahoma State took command of the Big 12 race with a dominant 49-17 victory over Baylor. But the conference race isn’t over yet. And the Bears could still win the conference outright.

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 14 - ESPN
Here’s what to watch in the Big 12 this week:

Updated Top 25 (and one) - CBSSports.com
Baylor's comeback win late Tuesday over Dayton helped the Bears remain No. 19 in the updated Top 25 (and one).

No. 18 MBB Rallies Past Dayton, 67-66 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Cory Jefferson had a go-ahead putback with 16 seconds left and No. 18 Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:

Doesn't have anything to do with Baylor, but this is pretty crazy:

I guess this is a thing?

Remember that the next time your Aggie friends talk about how much people love the SEC. People love good football, period.

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