Year 1 post-Robert Griffin III may have been an up and down one for the Baylor Bears, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting themselves in position to bring home some hardware this season. On Saturday they’ll look to beat the college football odds once again when they kick off in the Holiday Bowl against the No. 17 UCLA Bruins.
Although it’s the Bruins who appear on paper as considerable favorites – the records, the rankings, etc. – momentum points overwhelmingly towards Baylor. While UCLA limped to a 9-4 overall finish with consecutive losses to Pac-12 rival Stanford, the Bears were heating up at just the right time.
After steamrolling the No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats back in November, Baylor continued to rise in the college football betting world with solid performances against Texas Tech and No. 23 Oklahoma State.
Now having survived the turmoil of a Big 12 campaign (and turmoil there was, Baylor’s October was atrocious), they’ll look to top it off with a December win. Heading into the Thursday, December 27 matchup with UCLA, both teams are listed as equals on the moneyline.
Considering that the Pac-12 emerged as a solid conference early on and never let up, and that Baylor’s been hard at work making a name for itself sans Robert Griffin III, this Holiday Bowl matchup is shaping up to be one of the most compelling of the festive season.