Baylor brought high expectations to the Fiesta Bowl. But the Bears, 17-point favorites at kickoff, never led against UCF in a stinging 52-42 loss on Wednesday night.
But for all the Bears have done this season, they’re in the same position as Central Florida, in a BCS bowl game for the first time.
While the Fiesta Bowl promises an $18 million payout to the two teams playing Wednesday, Baylor officials say they hope to merely break even.
Baylor will return more than 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets from its 17,500-ticket allotment for next month’s game with Central Florida.
Reese dislocated his wrist when came down awkwardly in the first half against Oklahoma on Nov. 7. He missed the last four games for the Big 12 champion Bears.
Baylor had never had a winning record in the Big 12 before Art Briles arrived six years ago. They are now Big 12 champs and headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
Baylor did not have a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived in 2008, winning three or fewer games nine times. Now, they’ll meet Central Florida in a BCS Bowl.
Two people with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks.
Living in the moment served Kansas State well this season. The seventh-ranked Wildcats rose to No. 1 in the BCS standings, won the Big 12 title and reached the Fiesta Bowl.
As Oregon coach Chip Kelly was about to receive the massive Fiesta Bowl trophy, Ducks fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium started a chant of “We want Chip!”
Kansas State and Oregon were in perfect position at the start of Nov. 17, Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS standings, seemingly on a crash course toward the national championship game.
The loss by Kansas State over the weekend helped upend the national championship picture. It also set up potential chaos in the Big 12.