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Football Climbs to 17th in AP Poll

Head coach Art Briles' Bears have been ranked in three straight AP polls for the first time since 1991.

Sept. 18, 2011

WACO, Texas - Baylor football continued its climb in the college football polls after Saturday's 48-0 lightning-shortened win over Stephen F. Austin. The Bears (2-0) moved up two spots to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll and advanced five spots to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Both polls were released Sunday.

At No. 17, Baylor has its highest AP ranking since the week of Oct. 14, 1991, when the Bears were ranked 16th. Baylor's No. 19 ranking in the coaches poll is its highest since it was ranked No. 19 on Oct. 10, 1994.

Baylor debuted at No. 20 in the AP poll after its season-opening upset of TCU, and the Bears moved up to No. 19 the following week. With this week's ranking, Baylor has been in three consecutive AP polls for the first time since the 1991 season. The Bears were ranked in two straight polls last year after wins against Kansas State and Texas.

Baylor returns to action when it hosts Rice at 6 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.



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