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17 Nights of Football - Baylor

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Baylor won five of their last six games, including a 49-26 thumping of UCLA in the Holiday Bowl, reinforcing why the Bears received 2 1st-place votes in this year's pre-season Big 12 poll

"We've got one foot out of the water and on the land, so we are gaining ground and that's what we'll continue to keep doing by recruiting good kids and coaching them hard," said Baylor head coach Art Briles.

Two years after Robert Griffin III hoisted the Heisman Trophy, the Bears feel they have another candidate in running back Lache Seastrunk.

"Lache has some qualities that give him an opportunity, he's a dynamic football player that's very engaging, and those are two qualities you must have to win the award," said Briles.

Nick Florence graduated last year, creating an opportunity for Bryce Petty, who seems to have all the tools to be successful in Baylor's explosive offense.

"He's 240 pounds, around 6 foot 4 inches; the dude can run, he can rifle the ball in there, what more do you want in a quarterback," said Bear's running back Lache Seastrunk.

On defense, Baylor ranked 119th in yards allowed last season, but holding UCLA to only 26 points in the bowl game gives the Bears confidence heading into this season.

"Why not?  Why not try to go for it all?  Why not try to be the best team in the Big 12?  We feel we can do that this year," said Bear's defensive back Ahmad Dixon.

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