More from Houston
Also, check out a good recap video from the Houston Chronicle's Anna-Megan Raley at the bottom of the Chronicle's main sports page here. It includes video of the Bears' first triple play since 1996.
Coverage from Houston
Scouting the HCC
Tonight, the Bears take batting practice at another cathedral: Minute Maid Park in Houston where tomorrow five of the nation's top 10 teams begin play in the 2009 Houston College Classic. For a preview of the weekend, The Pen bows to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America; check out his weekend preview here.
In the meantime, let's go a different direction for sentimental sake. Below is The Pen's Baylor Ballpark 10-Year Anniversary Team. One caveat: There is absolutely nothing official about this team. There will be no recognition. No monument will be erected. There will be no mention anywhere but in this blog. This is simply The Pen's team, as sharpened by the opinions of a few former players and managers, media types and other program extras.
Anyone on this team had to have played at least one season at Baylor Ballpark (sorry, Kip). Here is the makeup of the 35-man team (in order to be in compliance with the NCAA's new roster-size restriction): 10 "starters" (eight position spots, DH and utility), 11 position reserves, five starting pitchers, four pure relievers and five "flex" pitchers (starter or reliever).
Again, this is just for fun. In some cases, the determining factor between two players at a certain spot was how the two performed at Baylor Ballpark during their respective careers. Eventually, someone had to be left off the team. Let the debates begin.
POS PLAYER YEARS AT BB
C Kelly Shoppach 1999-2001
1B Mike Huggins 2000-2002
2B Eric Nelson 1999
SS Beamer Weems 2006-2008
CF Jon Topolski 1999
RF David Murphy 2001-2003
DH Jason Jennings 1999
UTL Michael Griffin 2002-2005
C Zach Dillon 2003-2006
IF Jace Brewer 1999-2000
IF Kevin Russo 2005-2006
IF Mark Saccomanno 1999-2003
IF Preston Underdown 1999-2000
OF Reid Brees 2002-2005
OF Jaime Bubela 1999-2000
OF Anthony Hensley 1999-2000
OF Seth Fortenberry 2003-2006
DH Josh Ford 2002-2005
UTL Jeff Mandel 2004-2007
SP Jason Jennings 1999
SP Steven White 2000-2003
SP Mark McCormick 2003-2005
SP Chad Hawkins 1999-2000
SP Cory VanAllen 2004-2006
P Kyle Evans 1999-2000
P Ryan LaMotta 2003-2006
P Josh Scott 1999-2001
P Justin Taylor 1999-2002
P Trey Taylor 2002-2005
RP Zane Carlson 2000-2004
RP Nick Cassavechia 2005-2008
RP Kyle Edens 1999-2002
RP Abe Woody 2003-2005
Week in Review
It's a 52-game season. No Division I team has gone undefeated in the last 40 years, and it's not going to happen this year. Win at least two-thirds of your midweek games. Win at least two games in two-thirds of your weekend series. Don't get swept in any of the other four series. The end result is at least a 37-15 record heading into the Big 12 Championship in mid-May. Given Baylor's schedule, that's a likely top seed in a regional... if not better.
With that out of the way, let's look back at Week 1:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT ... BIGGEST CONCERN ... BAH, LET'S JUST WAIT AND SEE
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE WEEKEND
AROUND THE LEAGUE
UPCOMING BAYLOR OPPONENTS
Evatt, a redshirt freshman, was thrust into the cleanup spot in the Bears' opening day lineup. After a walk in his first at bat and a deep fly ball to right in his second at bat, he came to plate with runners on base and two outs in his next two plate appearances. The results were not productive. He grounded out to third on a well-hit ball to end the sixth and struck out looking on a fastball that painted the outside black to end the eighth with runners at first and third.
He came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 10th and fell behind 0-2. But Evatt made an adjustment and ended the game with a 365-foot single to the left-center gap. It probably would have been a double had it not been a bases-loaded, walk-off hit (see Rule 10, Section 7 in the NCAA Baseball Rules and Interpretations Book).
Baylor's 2-1, 10-inning victory in Friday night's season opener raised and answered many questions. And while we all would have liked to have seen the Bears score more runs, the bottom line is: the Bears won the game. They did what was necessary to get the W. Had this game taken place in the middle of the season, maybe some of those questions would not be raised.
That being said, there were plenty of positives from the season's first game. Let's take a look at a few:
Still, it begs the question: When are the Bears going to give their ace some support? In his last seven starts, Volz has posted a 3.02 ERA (14 earned runs over 41.2 innings). He worked into the sixth inning in all but one of those starts - the lone exception was against Texas last year when he left after 3.0 innings with seven strikeouts and a strained oblique muscle. Yet, he is 0-4 in those seven starts and Baylor is 2-5. The Bears have not scored more than four runs in a Volz start since the first Big 12 game of last season. He had a no-decision in that game, leaving with the lead before the Bears lost 6-5.
Given the quality of the Friday arms in the Big 12 this season, the Bears must find away to give him more run support and not waste their own stellar arm.
Not only was he solid at the plate, Glime was strong behind the plate. He blocked several hard breaking sliders from Volz and Logan Verrett (that's vuh-RETT ... emphasis on the second syllable), including one with a runner at third in the eighth. Glime also was 2-for-4 against Pacific base-swipers. And he likely would have been 3-for-4 had he not double-clutched on Joey Centanni's steal of second in the third.
Furthermore, he called a great game. And, in the end, that's the most important of his tasks.
All in all, it was a good win. Can't wait for game two.
Baylor opens the season with a three-game series against Pacific at Baylor Ballpark this weekend. First pitch Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. CT with Kendal Volz on the mound. Obviously no one knows how the season will turn out; but for right now, it has the potential to be a great one. Here's hoping that turns out to be the case.
Dress warm. First-pitch conditions should be around 65 degrees with clear skies; expect a strong south wind (straight out to center). But once the sun dips below the horizon, it's going to get more than cool.
Pacific had a rough 2008 campaign. The Tigers limped to a 14-41 record, but don't let that fool you. UOP (the school's name is University of the Pacific ... yes, they lay claim to the entire ocean) played one of the nation's toughest schedules last year.
Head coach Ed Sprague (he of two World Series rings with the Toronto Blue Jays in the early 1990s ... Go Jays!) returns seven starters and a boat-load of pitchers for the 2009 campaign. That could bode well; time will tell. Pacific was picked to finish ninth in the nine-team Big West Conference by the league's coaches. It should be noted, though, that this is a program not too far removed from routine 30-win seasons.
The Tigers rotation sets up left-right-right: Joey Centanni, Cole Akins, Hunter Carnevale.
Centanni, a senior, was 0-4 with a 4.97 ERA in nine appearance - eight starts - last season. He logged 12 strikeouts against 13 walks over 41.2 innings and allowed a .309 opponents' batting average. Centanni was limited during his sophomore season (2007) with a labrum injury that forced him to only hit most of the season. That injury continued to hamper him last season. But he showed signs of what he can do in a strong outing against Cal State Fullerton last year; in that game, he allowed two earned runs over 8.0 innings. ... When not on the mound, Centanni likely will DH and probably will be the Tigers leadoff batter even when pitching.
Akins, also a senior, was 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA over 20 appearances with five starts last season. He logged 33 strikeouts against 14 walks over 49.1 innings and allowed a .366 opponents' batting average. Akins' lone victory last year was in relief against UC Santa Barbara - a 1.2-inning scoreless outing. He also earned a save against eventual College World Series participant Stanford.
Carnevale, a junior, was 2-4 with a 7.91 ERA over 17 appearances with four starts in 2008. He had 19 strikeouts against 24 walks over 38.2 innings. His opponents' batting average (.287) was second lowest among Pacific's regular pitchers. Carnevale earned a victory at Houston in the season's first series with 4.0 scoreless innings of relief. So pitching in the Lone Star State is his flava of choice. He also defeated Cal State Northridge, tossing 5.0 innings of one-hit ball.
Pacific's seven returning position starters are headlined by 2008 All-Big West selections C Joe Olivera and LF Nick Longmire.
Olivera - the only Tiger to play every game last season - hit .271 with no home runs and 17 RBI in 2008. He had 57 hits, 14 doubles, 33 walks and scored 40 times. Olivera's prowess is in the running game - both offensively and defensively. He swiped 24 bases in 28 attemps last year; no other Tiger reached double digits in steals and only two others had at least eight. He also threw out 22 of 52 would-be base-stealers ... a robust 42.3 percent. At the college level, that's just plain good.
Longmire shared the team lead with a .323 batting average last season, tallying three home runs and 31 RBI. He had 64 hits, 10 doubles, a team-best three triples, 27 runs and was 9-for-14 in stolen bases. RF Mike McKeever joined Longmire and departed second baseman Adam Ching as the only Tigers to hit at least .300 last season. McKeever (.311 average) led the team in home runs (six) and doubles (20); he also was tied for second on the team in runs (37) and RBI (26).
Pacific's Achilles heel in 2008 was not offense - despite a .265 team batting average, a .387 team slugging percentage and 427 strikeouts against 185 walks and 494 hits. It wasn't pitching - despite a 6.52 staff ERA, 196 walks and a .326 opponents' batting average. The biggest problem for Pacific was defense: the Tigers committed 116 errors in 55 games (that's more than two errors per game for those who are mathematically challenged like The Pen). A .947 team fielding percentage yielded 87 unearned runs (more than 1.5 per game). Consider: Baylor's 65 errors in 58 games led to 52 uneared runs (0.9 per game) last year.
Still, this is a team that only 23 months ago defeated the Bears 3-1 in Stockton behind a dominating performance from southpaw David Rowse, who is still on the Tigers' staff. Then a freshman, Rowse, who also pitched well against second-ranked Clemson as a freshman, held the Bears to one unearned run on three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts over 8.0 innings. Rowse is 1-11 in his career since.
Five Bears in the lineup that day are likely starters this weekend: Ben Booker, Raynor Campbell, Dustin Dickerson, Shaver Hansen and Aaron Miller. That five-some collective was 2-for-13 with Campbell and Miller each getting singles and Dickerson scoring Baylor's lone run on a sacrifice fly. Granted, all were freshmen save Booker, who was a sophomore. Still, that game back in 2007 is evidence of the randomness of baseball: on any given day, any given pitcher can be simply dominant. Rowse was that day; The Pen was there to see it.
Nonetheless, that was two years ago. And 32-26 was last season. Both are in the past. And come 6:34 p.m. CT Friday night when Volz hurls the season's first pitch, the slate is clean.
Sic 'Em... and Happy New Year!
Yeah, But It's Preseason...
It should be pointed out that BA's preseason teams are selected by a vote of the 30 Major League Baseball scouting directors. One BA editorial staff member told The Pen that Volz being a first-team selection did not surprise him. The same staffer said that Miller's selection was a bit surprising but that the gap between Miller and the fourth guy for the utility spot was "not even close."
Due to the fact that the teams are selected by scouting directors, it's safe to say the BA preseason teams are based heavily on projected performance rather than past performance. Nonetheless, these guys know what they're talking about... otherwise they wouldn't be MLB scouting directors. Right?
Sure, a good handful of these preseason guys will have at-best average years... and they'll likely still be high-round draft picks come June. But the pendulum swings both ways. Kelly Shoppach did not appear on any of the three major preseason All-America teams (BA, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) in 2001; all he did was sweep postseason All-America honors and win the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher. Furthermore, Jason Jennings was not on any of BA's three preseason All-America teams in 1999. All he did was win every major player of the year award at season's end, including BA's.
Some might question Volz being a first-team pick after a 3-6, 4.20 ERA last season. But consider the fact that he was 18th nationally and first in the Big 12 with a Baylor single-season record 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last year. And consider that he had the fifth-lowest average run support nationally of any pitcher with at least 10 Friday night starts last season. Also consider that he's not the only player on BA's three preseason squads whose numbers were not dazzling last year, nor is he the first Baylor player to earn preseason honors one year removed from a subpar season (see Kip Wells below).
All that being said, congratulations to Volz and Miller. And as for projected performance, who among us wouldn't settle for being listed among the nation's 45 best in his or her area of expertise ... based on past performance, projected performance or any other kind of performance.
Volz and Miller are the sixth and seventh Baylor players to earn preseason All-America honors from BA. Let's look at how the previous honorees fared that season:
KIP WELLS, 1998, second team preseason
JEREMY DODSON, 1998, third-team preseason
STEVEN WHITE, 2002, third-team preseason
MICHAEL GRIFFIN, 2004, third-team preseason
MARK McCORMICK, 2004, second-team preseason
MARK McCORMICK, 2005, first-team preseason
It's interesting to notice that Dodson's numbers as a whole improved from 1997 to 1998, yet he was not a postseason All-America selection. Sometimes, other players at a position simply make an even bigger jump.
Wells preseason selection in 1998 was much like Volz' selection this year: a sparkling summer. Wells tore up the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1997 and left New England with a trail of drooling scouts behind him. He was named the best pro prospect in the Cape that summer. Volz was named the third-best prospect from last year's USA Baseball National Team.
White rebounded in 2003 and had an outstanding season. He did not earn A-A honors that year, but he was a fourth-round pick at season's end.
Griffin's numbers dipped in many areas (average, runs, hits, extra-base hits, SLG) but his stolen base numbers went through the roof. The explanation in both areas is much the same: the 2003 lineup. Griffin had much more protection in 2003, so his numbers were better. He also played eight more games in 2003 (would affect R, H, EBH and SLG). His stolen base numbers were low in 2003 because with those bats at the plate, there was not as much of a need to steal a base. All that being said, his 2005 numbers were even lower in every category -- yet, he still was a 14th-round draft pick at season's end after not being drafted at all in 2004.
McCormick's sophomore season (2004) was hampered by injuries. But he returned to the Cape Cod League that summer, earned an All-Star Game invititation and hit 100 mph on the scouts' guns. His 2005 numbers were not dazzling enough to earn postseason All-America honors, but he arguably was the nation's best Saturday starter that season. He was a supplemental first-round pick one week prior to leading Baylor to Omaha for the first time in 27 years.
And as for whether or not Volz or Miller are postseason All-America selections this year ... remember this: Baylor was the only team at Omaha in 2005 without a postseason All-American. This is a team game.
Outside the Big 12
Six players who play for Baylor opponents made the league's preseasaon all-conference team: C Diego Seastrunk (Rice), SS Rick Hague (Rice), OF Brint Hardy (UAB), SP Ryan Berry (Rice), SP Wes Musick (Houston) and RP Chase Dempsay (Houston). Seastrunk was named preseason player of the year.
Berry, Musick, OF Steven Sultzbaugh (Rice), Seastrunk and Dempsay were listed as the league's top draft prospects in that order.
Nine players who play for Baylor opponents mad the league's preseason all-conference team, including one former Bear: 1B Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State), 2B Adam Witek (Texas State), 3B Seth Hammock (Sam Houston State; was at Baylor in 2006 and 2007), OF Michael Choice (UT Arlington), OF Michael Rockett (UTSA), SP Jimmy Heard (Northwestern State), SP Ryan Proudfoot (UTSA), SP Zach Tritz (Texas State), RP Zach Calhoon (UTSA). Of course, it's doubtful Baylor will face any of those three starting pitchers in midweek play, but you never know ... ahem ... cough (TCU). Rockett was named preseason player of the year, while Heard was named preseason pitcher of the year.
Goldschmidt, Calhoon, RHP Erik Gregersen (SFA) and Rockett were named the league's top draft prospects in that order.
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Three PVAM players earned preseason all-conference honors: OF Myrio Richard, DH Brandon Kendricks and SP Derek Zapata. Richard, who was the SWAC MVP last season and earned MVP honors in the Texas Collegiate League over the summer, is considered to be the league's top draft prospect.
SUN BELT CONFERENCE
C David Ross is South Alabama's only preseason all-conference player, and no USA player was listed in the league's top three draft prospects.
UCLA was BA's preseason pick despite only one Bruin making the publication's preseason all-conference team. The lone honoree was DH Casey Haerther. But what the Bruins do have are two of the top freshman arms in the nation in right-handers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. UCLA also has southpaw Rob Rasmussen, thought to be the league's fourth-best prospect for the 2010 draft. No Bruin cracked the league's top 10 prospects list for this season's draft.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Four players from Baylor opponents appear on the league's preseason all-conference team: C Joe Oliveira (Pacific), 2B Casey Stevenson (UC Irvine), SS Ben Orloff (UC Irvine) and SP Daniel Bibona (UC Irvine). Bibona is the preseason pitcher of the year. No player from UCI or Pacific is among the league's top 10 prospects for the 2009 draft nor among the league's top five prospects for the 2010 draft.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
The league's preseason all-conference team features 3B Matt Carpenter (TCU), OF Sean McNaughton (BYU), DH Matt Curry (TCU) and SP Tyler Lockwood (TCU). McNaughton is the preseason player of the year. Curry and RHP Steven Maxwell (TCU) are the fourth- and fifth-rated 2009 draft prospects in the league.
High Praise from BA
Following suit with its preseason Top 25, BA predicts the Bears to finish third in the Big 12 this season behind Texas A&M and Texas, and ahead of Missouri. BA also predicts the league will get six teams into the NCAA Tournament: those four plus Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. No Nebraska. We'll see.
Baylor's Kendal Volz got the nod as the league's preseason pitcher of the year. He joined 3B Shaver Hansen and OF/LHP Aaron Miller on BA's preseason All-Big 12 team.
Without a doubt, Baseball America goes further in depth with its college baseball coverage than any outlet around. Skeptical? Google "college baseball" and see how many legitimate news sources are returned. BA's conference previews are based largely on surveys of the leagues' coaches conducted in November. With that being said, it was interesting to see that no Baylor player made the league's top 10 newcomers list. We'll have to wait and see if that's different at season's end.
But one thing is for certain: The Big 12 will be dominated by pitching in 2009, just as it was in 2005; that year, three league teams reached Omaha. According to BA, the top eight 2009 MLB Draft prospects in the Big 12 are pitchers (Baylor has three of them in No. 2 Volz, No. 5 Shawn Tolleson and No. 8 Craig Fritsch). The only two position players in the top 10 prospects are Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman and Baylor's Miller, meaning Baylor players make up 40 percent of the league's top 10 prospects.
Missouri RHP Kyle Gibson is considered the league's top prospect, and it's hard to argue that; although, Volz surely is essentially No. 1a as much as he is No. 2. Oklahoma State southpaws Andrew Oliver and Tyler Lyons ranked third and fourth, respectively. All four of those guys pitched for the USA Baseball National Team last summer. Volz, Gibson and Lyons anchored the bullpen, while Oliver was the team's No. 3 starter.
Texas A&M RHP Alex Wilson was sixth, followed by Nebraska RHP Mike Nesseth. And that's just out of the players who are eligible for the 2009 Draft. There are plenty more arms in this league that aren't draftable this year: RHPs Barret Loux, Travis Starling and LHP Brooks Raley (Texas A&M), RHPs Austin Wood, Brandon Workman and Chance Ruffin (Texas), RHP Nick Tepesch (Missouri), RHP Stephen Porlier (Oklahoma) and RHP Chad Bettis (Texas Tech) ... just to name a few.
If you're a baseball fan, Friday nights in the league this year should make you salivate.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE PENDING WEATHER)
The Calm Before the Storm
Feb. 20 will be a full day of college baseball, and enthusiasts of the sport will get some good games that first day. Here's a look at The Pen's assesment of the 10 best opening-day games across the nation:
10. Kentucky at Troy: Both programs have enjoyed new-found success over the past five years. We'll get our first look at post-John-Cohen-era Kentucky; the former Wildcats' skipper is now at Mississippi State.
9. No. 25 Oregon State at Tennessee: The Beavers suffered a late-season slide last year and did not receive and NCAA invite after winning it all each of the two previous seasons. Tennessee has been dormant since joining Baylor at Omaha in 2005.
8. Charlotte at No. 19 Clemson: Charlotte, perennial thrown-sitter in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is one of those programs that's been just good enough for just long enough that you rarely hear about them. Kind of like South Alabama. Tigers: Beware.
7. UC Davis at No. 12 UCLA: After dominating the Division II ranks for eons, UCD jumped to the DI ranks a few years back and took little time adjusting to the higher level. Heck, they already played a ton of games against DI California schools even before the jump. Davis finished third in the Stanford Regional last year. UCLA looks to improve upon last season when the Bruins squeaked into the tournament after an up-and-down regular season.
6. Washington at Fresno State: The defending champion Bulldogs must replace a ton of pitching. Even with The Pen's buddy Tommy Mendonca (excuse the name drop) doing his best Brooks Robinson impression at third and swinging a good stick at the plate, it will be hard for Fresno to repeat ala Oregon State. Washington was 33-22 last season and was considered to be one of the last teams out of the NCAA Tournament.
5. Nebraska at Louisiana-Lafayette: ULaLa began the 2008 season with a top-25 ranking and very high expectations. Sound familiar? FCP's Cajuns possibly were the nation's biggest disappointment last year, limping to a fifth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and posting a 30-29 overall record. On paper, Nebraska seems to be a bit down this year. Sound familiar? That's what everyone said last year, and the Huskers finished second in the Big 12. Never count out the Red.
4. No. 23 Louisville at Florida: Kevin O'Sullivan has landed a couple very promising recruiting classes in his young tenure at Florida. Some publications have the Gators ranked to start the season, and they definitely have the capability to make noise this year. Louisville reached Omaha two years ago, bowed out in the regional round last year, and is expected to make another strong postseason push this year. The return of third baseman Chris Dominguez will be closely watched.
3. TCU at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton: TCU gets The Pen's vote for the best unranked team to start the season. Fullerton is loaded offensively this year with the return of USA Baseball National Team members Josh Fellhauer, Jared Clark and Christian Colon (a former Waco-area resident). Questions about both teams pitching staffs could be answered in the season's first weekend.
2. Vanderbilt at No. 15 Stanford: Vanderbilt has seen a lot of talent leave for pro ball in the past few years ... e.g. World Series champion David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. That being said, Tim Corbin's crew still should make waves in the somewhat-down SEC East (at least in comparison to the league's other division). Stanford made a return to its perch among the elite programs last year with its first Omaha trip since 2003.
1. Long Beach State at Southern California: Sure, both programs are unranked to open the season. But this will be the weekend's best series. Mark it down. The Dirtbags swept the Trojans last season (the teams split the series ala Baylor-UT, Baylor-Aggies). LBSU lost several key players from last season, and USC was a disappointing 28-28 in 2008. Look for the Dirtbags to be better than expected and the Trojans to be better than last year.
Elsewhere, Perfect Game/Crosschecker revealed its top 100 teams for the 2009 season Wednesday. Baylor came in at No. 7. The list, compiled by baseball masterminds Allan and Jeff Simpson, was headed by LSU. Texas A&M was second, followed by North Carolina, Texas, Ole Miss, Cal State Fullerton, Baylor, Georgia, Rice and San Diego.
See the full list here.
We're Gonna Be Famous...
Nonetheless, we should be thankful for what we're given. And this year, Baylor nabbed two of the 10 coveted spots (do the math... five games, two teams each game). Hopefully, the Bears will fare better this year on FSN than they have in years past. Baylor is 4-12 all-time on the network and its affiliates (Fox College Sports, FSN regional telecast), including a 4-9 mark in games on FSN National. However, the Bears did win their last FSN national game, a 6-1 decision at Disch-Falk Field in Austin last season in which Baylor batters did not strike out a single time.
This year's Oklahoma game (April 25) will be FSN's first trip to Baylor Ballpark since April 30, 2005. The Bears lost that game to Texas Tech 3-2 despite the Red Raiders committing five errors. It didn't help that Baylor left 15 runners on base, including eight in scoring postion. Tech recorded seven of its 27 defensive outs by retiring Baylor base runners (force plays, runners thrown out on the bases, foiled stolen base attempts, etc.). Still, the highlight of the game was Kevin Sevigny throwing out a runner at home from right field twice.
In fact, the last time Baylor won a home game on FSN was April 6, 2002. The Pen is sure Carroll Fadal, Lark Smith and Tom Barfield remember that game well. We'll just call it the Chris Durbin Squeegee Game. Those in the know understand. ... Anyway, the Bears beat Oklahoma State 8-6 that day.
Other Big 12 games on FSN this year are as follows:
Now that FSN has settled on its pick of games, ESPN and CBS College Sports will start selecting games. Look for at least a couple more Baylor games to be selected. For example, the odds are good that at least one of the Bears' games at Nebraska will be on CBS College Sports. Just a hunch.
Back to the grind. Sic 'Em!