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12.26.2013 Morning News/Links: It's Boxing Day!

The Baylor Bears are headed west for Arizona while the rest of us clean up trash, emerge from our food comas, and get ready.

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Just a bit of site news this morning: Since we are now less than a week away from the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, I'm going to treat today as the start of the Game Week in earnest.  That means we'll get our First Look at UCF sometime today before proceeding into the rest of game week prep over the next few days. With a full week left, however, I have more time than is typical.  What would you like to see to prepare for the Fiesta Bowl?

Also, I'm planning a few things over the next couple of days to get us back in the swing of regular traffic.  They include:
2015 Recruiting Wish List
2013 ODB Season Awards

In other news, there actually isn't that much news this morning relating to your Baylor Bears.  According to the tweet below from Coach Briles, they leave for Arizona today, giving them 4 or 5 opportunities (depending on their schedule) to practice in Arizona before the game.

I have to admit, it's kinda funny seeing the players talk on twitter about how hard it is to pack and yadda yadda yadda.

In case you were curious, the next games for our MBB and WBB teams are:
MBB vs. Oral Roberts, 12/30
WBB vs. McNeese State, 12/28

Those games obviously come before Baylor FB playso n 1/1 in the Fiesta Bowl.


Boxing Day is bowling day: Prepare for NIU-Utah State and Pitt-Bowling Green -
Hey, you get to watch two of the country's best players on the day after Christmas.

Ranking college football conferences: Searching for the best in 2013 - Football Study Hall
Using the F/+ rankings to figure out the best method for comparing conferences. Did the Pac-12 overtake the SEC, at least briefly, this year?

Story of courageous cancer victim profoundly moves BU’s Seastrunk - Baylor Bears Football
When Lache Seastrunk sprints on the field for Baylor, his thoughts never stray very far from a young girl who died much too soon.

Built on a foundation: 35-year marriage has kept Baylor’s Briles steady on path to success - Baylor Bears Football
One evening last week, amid all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Fiesta Bowl, Art Briles happened upon a few hours of free time.

Big 12 bowl predictions - ESPN
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is having a happy holiday. I would have a happier holiday if I could emerge victorious over all you guest pi

Jake Trotter Big 12 Chat wrap: TCU, BCS bowls, Texas Tech's chances - ESPN
Below is sampling of today's Big 12 football chat (the full transcript is here).

Bryce Petty latest in heralded line of Baylor quarterbacks - National Places & Faces |
When All Big 12 Conference quarterback Bryce Petty leads No. 6 Baylor into the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, he will be only the latest in a long line of outstanding Bear quarterbacks.

Like I said, not all that much going on.  I'll update this thread throughout the day.


I'd heard $8 million. It's probably not important.