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12.24.2013 Morning Links: It's Christmas Eve!

Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Cooper Neill

So if you search for "Baylor" online or on twitter right now, you're going to hear about one thing: unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets.  Between them, Baylor and UCF returned 15,000 unsold tickets to this year's Fiesta Bowl.  Baylor's portion of that was just 5,000 tickets left unsold (meaning 12,500 were either sold or kept to be sold), but you'd think our fanbase completely abandoned the team for its first BCS bowl.

This is obviously ridiculous.  And I've already addressed the fact that we've sold more than Wisconsin, Ohio State, Georgia, and Michigan, among probably many others.  But, narrative. Let's get to the news.


Nina Davis Named Big 12 Freshman of the Week - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
For the third time this season, Baylor rookie Nina Davis has been selected by a media panel as Big 12 Women's Basketball's Freshman of the Week.

Offensive Drive Efficiency and the BCS Bowls - Football Study Hall
Looking at BCS teams' per-drive offensive numbers to determine the quality of a given BCS bowl.

UCF defensive line faces toughest test of season against Baylor in Fiesta Bowl - Orlando Sentinel
UCF endured a season-long search for the right combination on its defensive line. Nine players started on the line this season, and just twice did the Knights rely on the same four in back-to-back

‘Tis the season of giving…unsold tickets back to bowls | CollegeFootballTalk
In the spirit of the season, college football teams are giving back. Or, more accurately, a few schools haven't come close to selling out their bowl ticket allotment, and are forced to eat the costs of thousands of tickets.

2014 Fiesta Bowl: Baylor Gets Boost with Return of Tevin Reese
Baylor will be adding one of their biggest offensive weapons back into the fold for the Fiesta Bowl with the return of Tevin Reese.

Autopsy Big 12 non-bowl teams Kansas TCU West Virginia Iowa State - ESPN
For the next couple weeks, we’ll be devoting most of our coverage to the six Big 12 teams in bowl games. But before, we wanted to examine the f

Tallying the Big 12 bowl swag - ESPN
For the players, the bowls aren’t just about the games. They’re about the bowl swag, too. Each year, Sports Business Journal uncovers wha

Big 12 has big opportunity with key bowl matchups - ESPN
Four underdogs. Three by double digits. And only two favorites. With this bowl season comes a prime opportunity for the Big 12 to earn national respect. Yet also, an opportunity for calamity.

Texas president forced out Mack Brown, according to report -
Mack Brown said he made the decision to leave Texas, but a new report suggests otherwise.


I'm interested in what the ODB Commentariat is doing to celebrate Christmas Eve.  In the comments, share your family's weird/awesome traditions for the night before Christmas and let us know your plans!