Jay Finley and the Bears are bowl-eligible for the first time since 1995.
Oct. 24, 2010
WACO, Texas - For the first time since 1993, the Baylor football team is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, debuting at No. 25 in the poll released Sunday. Baylor is also ranked No. 24 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
This week marks the first time Baylor (6-2, 3-1) is ranked in the AP Top 25 since Sept. 5, 1993, when the Bears were No. 24 for a week. Baylor earned its ranking after opening the 1993 season with a 42-39 win over No. 25 Fresno State. Baylor's ranked in the coaches' poll for the first time since Oct. 16, 1995, when the Bears were No. 21 with a 4-1 record.
Following its 47-42 Homecoming victory over Kansas State on Saturday night, Baylor became bowl-eligible for the first time since 1995. That season, the Bears finished 7-4 in their final year in the Southwest Conference, but did not receive a bowl bid. Baylor, which hasn't been to a bowl game since 1994, is 6-2 for the first time since 1991.
Prior to this week's rankings, Baylor was among others receiving votes three times in the AP (Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Oct. 17) and two times in coaches' (Oct. 3, Oct. 17) polls.
The Bears will put their brand new rankings to the test Sat., Oct. 30, when they face long-time conference rival Texas at 6 p.m. CDT at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. The game will be televised live nationally on FSN.