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BAYLOR vs. UCLA
Thursday, Dec. 27, 9:45 pm
ESPN The Baylor Bears salvaged the 2012 season with four wins in five games to end the year, finishing with a 41-34 win over No. 23 Oklahoma State and earning a bid to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Baylor is coming off a season where they didn't turn in their absolute best performance. They were 7-5, but lost three of those games by a touchdown or less. They did show that there is a ton of potential there and a win for Baylor would be a way to show that they can still take on anyone. Baylor has a couple of key players to watch in WR Terrance Williams and QB Nick Florence. As good as Kendall Wright was for Baylor in 2011, Terrance Williams has been that much better this season. He is a huge reason as to why Nick Florence has been able to throw for over 4000 yards, and the passing offense has 32 touchdowns. UCLA played a depressing pair of games the past two weeks losing in a home-and-home series to the Stanford Cardinal. They lost their shot at the Pac-12 Championship in the process. In order to gain some momentum into the next season, a Holiday Bowl win would be great for coach Jim Mora and the Bruins. The Bruins Key stud is RB Johnathan Franklin. Franklin is a back who could surprise people in the draft this year. He's been highly productive and has an excellent size and speed combination. It will be good to see how he handles the poor run defense that Baylor has in what could be a blowout.
I see no way the Bears can stop Hundley and Franklin. But I do wonder how motivated the Bruins are to be in this game after coming so close to playing in the Rose Bowl. And I’m also not sure the Bruins will slow Florence & Williams. UCLA has allowed nine receivers to have 100-yard days this season and has given up several big plays. That said I see UCLA winning this game by almost a touchdown and since this is basically a pick em there is no reason not to think that Mora ends this season on a high note with his young team. Lets roll with UCLA who should win this game by almost a touchdown and with the line moving big time with UCLA, glad we posted this early and everyone got an early jump. Not to mention a big middle if you care to look that way. Leaning towards the over as well.