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12.21.2013 Daily Bears Report: Merry Bowlmas!

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Bowl season is upon us. We've got real college football on the TV, and all the news that you care about.

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Bowl season is upon us, and today sports a decently strong slate of games, considering that today is the first day of bowl season. If you're looking for how to catch these games, SB Nation has you covered. One of Baylor's victims in Buffalo plays today in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and faces San Diego State, which may be the funniest bowl name, or at the very least in the conversation. That game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. CST on ESPN. But before that, we've got the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at 1:00 p.m. CST on ESPN between Washington State and Colorado State.

Next up at 2:30 p.m. Central on ABC, we've got the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. If the wheels-off podcast were out yet (look for that probably tomorrow), you'd know that Royal Purple is a manufacturer of lubricants. This game features the potentially intriguing matchup of USC and Fresno State; one team that narrowly missed out on a chance at BCS glory, and another that is without both the head coach that it started the season with AND the interim coach that led them to a respectable finish. If USC doesn't absolutely mail it in, this game could be interesting.

The R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl rounds out the bowl slate at 8 p.m. on ESPN. It appropriately features Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane.

Lastly, if all this bowl talk and coverage has you excited and ready for the Fiesta Bowl, you can head over and check out the Baylor Football Digital Bowl Guide for the Fiesta.

AND NOW, THE NEWS.

Nutrition center for Baylor athletes in works - Bryce Cherry reports that what Baylor football coaches are calling the "next step" in the program’s development arrived Friday, as the school announced plans for the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center.

Houston couple provides $3 million for Baylor's athletic nutrition center - Tim Griffin has more on Bob and Laura Beachamp and their generous donation.

Dispatches from Bowlvania - The initial stage of our journey into the 2013 bowl season takes in the desert sights, Vegas lights, outsize chives, and Crescent City splendor (note: If you don't follow Holly Anderson on Twitter, give her a follow. Yesterday the hilarious hashtag #cosmopotatobowl resulted from this article).

Dino Babers Q&A: Bowling Green's New Coach on Art Briles, New Program, More - SI.com caught up with new Bowling Green coach Dino Babers on Thursday night.

Steve Patterson and Texas: Theater Worth Watching Again - An interesting take on Texas' new AD from someone who covered him when he ran the Portland Trailblazers

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