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Game Day Thread: #7 Baylor (11-2) vs. #5 Georgia (11-2)

December 31, 2019
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The Baylor Bears (11-2) will face off with the Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) in the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 7:45 p.m. CT. 


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S11 Baylor vs. Georgia Stats Preview Sam Bradshaw
Attacking Georgia’s defense JJ Joe
Charlie Brewer cleared to play in Sugar Bowl Colt Barber
How Baylor can slow Georgia’s offense Sam Bradshaw
Sugar Bowl Game Video Preview Grayson Grundhoefer
Baylor’s job at keeping Matt Rhule in Waco Colt Barber
Dissecting Georgia’s defense Sam Bradshaw
Baylor wins if... JJ Joe
Georgia’s Advanced Analytics: Offense Colt Barber
Vegas line movement for Baylor vs. Georgia Colt Barber

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Matt Rhule Quote of the Week...

“I think when you start placing certain value on games than -- a lot of times that comes from us; it doesn't come from the kids. It comes from us as coaches. We were motivated to play against Stephen F. Austin. We were motivated in the last game of the year to play against Kansas. We were motivated in the Big 12 championship game. And at the end of the day, if our players aren't motivated to play in this game, what does it say about our program? What does it say about me? What does it say about them? We want to turn out tough, hard-working, competitive guys. And I'll say this about our players. If I went out there today and said, "Hey, we have to run ten wind sprints," there would be some grumbling. They're back there laughing at me again. But if I said I think, I think Kalon [Barnes] is faster than [Josh] Fleeks, our guys would line up and they would run against each other all day. We have competitive players. We're going to go out there and we're going right from here to practice. There's no going to the hotel. We're going right to practice. We're getting off the bus. We're putting full pads on and we're putting the ball down. We're saying one zone, one compete. That's just kind of who we are. We're a blue-collar, tough, competitive team. Our team will be beyond motivated. And we have to be because this is such a great team we're facing. I'm motivated. I have never really met Coach [Kirby] Smart, but I certainly respect him. So a chance to go against him as a head coach, I have to be at my best. And so I think our guys are highly, highly motivated.”


Baylor Key Players

Quarterback #12 Charlie Brewer – Brewer is cleared, the answer everyone was looking for after the Big 12 Championship Game. The Bears signal caller went through concussion protocol and was able to pass a week ago. The rest has been great for Brewer and he is the healthiest he could possibly be at this point in the season. On the season he is completing 65% of his passes for 2,950 yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with 337 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. He comes into this Sugar Bowl matchup ready to face the best defense this team has seen over the course of the season. A win in this game would probably be a top five win in Baylor football history and his legacy would gain even more ground on the top quarterbacks in school history.

Wide receiver #5 Denzel Mims – The senior wide receiver still has a bad taste in his mouth after the Big 12 Championship game in which he had zero catches. There is no way that he will want to go out with two straight poor performances so there will most likely be a steady amount of targets going his way. The more the season has progressed the more it has been apparent that Mims is really a major part if not the most important part of the engine that moves the offense. This is a big game for him as he matches up against two NFL level type cornerbacks so there is a chance to improve his draft stock. On the year he has 61 receptions for 945 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defensive end #93 James Lynch – NFL draft questions abound for Coach Rhule but also for the best player on this football team which is James Lynch. The unanimous All American has been a steady force on this defense for the past three seasons but this year  he has become even more impactful. As the leader in sacks in the Big 12 he will have to play a major role in this football game since Georgia has only given up 12 sacks this season. But with three starters on the offensive line out for Georgia including a top 5 pick, there will be plenty of opportunities for Lynch to be a major problem for the Bulldogs. There is a major opportunity for Lynch to raise his draft stock even more before making his decision.

Defensive tackle #99 Bravvion Roy – Another star defensive lineman who has taken his game to another level this season. Roy has been a staple along the defensive front this season as he had completely plugged up running lanes while also getting after the quarterback in the new three-man front. Roy should be dominate against a banged up Georgia front and he can prove to NFL scouts what he could do at the next level. I have not seen a player take a bigger jump in a single season than Roy has this year, it has been remarkable.

Safety #3 Chris Miller – One of the stud safeties for the Bears defense will play a big role in his last game as a Baylor player. This Georgia team is going to try to run the ball downhill at Baylor all night well Miller can play a big role in putting a stop to that. Miller is ferocious tackler but outside of the targeting penalties he has played much more consistently under control. Look for him to rack up double digit tackles in his last games of his Baylor career.


Georgia Key Players

Quarterback #11 Jake Fromm – The Bulldogs quarterback has had a mediocre season compared to the expectations. Largely because the receivers have been mediocre but he also has not been sharp at times. On the year he has completed 60% of his passes for 2,610 yards and 22 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He has only been sacked 12 times so time has not been an issue for him but if Baylor can get after him they could make his efficient drop even more this would require stopping the run and forcing Fromm into obvious passing situations. If he plays well Baylor will be in some trouble.

Wide receiver #1 George Pickens – The true freshman has become the lead receiver for this Georgia team ever since Lawrence Cager went down due to injury. Cager is the star of this receiving core but has not been healthy so Pickens is the guy. He is a big body who can flat out run and jump so in the red zone he is a nightmare.

Running back #7 D’Andre Swift – Will he play or not? the star running back will be a hot name on NFL draft boards and has carried this offense at times. On the year he has 195 carries for 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns. He is the difference maker for the offense and an elite every down running back who can wear down a defense or run away from it. Baylor will need to do a better job this year than they did on Vanderbilt’s Keshawn Vaughn in the Texas Bowl.

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Game Day Thread: #7 Baylor (11-2) vs. #5 Georgia (11-2)

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Pecos 45
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whitetrash said:

Jack Bauer said:

That UGA band sucks.balls


Surely somebody has reminded them that the Union Army used that song to burn their entire state to the ground.
The irony is lost on them.
"It's no sin to be poor, but it's damned inconvenient." Mark Twain
DST
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Nixon and Bell have 8 months to figure out how to field an offensive line that can protect against any team with a pulse.
ImABearToo
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Maybe if Charlie could have finished the Big 12 championship game, and this game, who knows. We get on a second half roll and out he goes. Call it a career Charlie, you've served Baylor well.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
Aliceinbubbleland
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After seeing OU get blown away I really was concerned the same thing could happen to us regardless of the UGA missing players.

We showed a lot of fight. That stupid attempt to go for it at midfield on 4th down was a travesty.

We have lots of company when it comes to failure in the NYD bowls. Michigan and Nebraska struggled for years and years with losses before they finally got going. Well, Nebraska did lol.
BUBBFAN
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Can't get aroung the fact that our O line is just flat out bad.
CutTheTVoff
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Oh well. On to hoops
Oldbear83
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Pecos 45 said:

Once again, I wish we would have had our starting QB for the entire game.
But Charlie needs to hang it up and focus on his long-term health.
And I'm not "insulting the coaching staff" by saying that.
I think Charlie played his last game for Baylor.

Glad he could be here tonight, but that's it.

That which does not kill me, will try again and get nastier
boognish_bear
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GoldenBear007 said:

That's ballgame folks. It was a magical season.


Proud of the second half fight....wish we hadn't dug such a deep hole in the first half.

This is such a perfect summary of our season...play a great half....never know which half.

I think the Texas game was the only game where we clicked for 4 quarters.

Unbelievable year though....our trajectory is great
BearFan33
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Charlie needs to retire sadly
Jorkel
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EvilTroyAndAbed said:

Jorkel said:

Jack Bauer said:

That UGA band sucks.balls


Honestly I think all bands are annoying ..even Baylor's...playing the same songs over and over is quite annoying


Yes, life would be much better with no music.


Only bands at football games.
Oldbear83
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"That stupid attempt to go for it at midfield on 4th down was a travesty."

Going for it I liked, the play call and execution ... well.
That which does not kill me, will try again and get nastier
Jack Bauer
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A vanilla offense in the first half did us in.
whitetrash
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Now that the game is over for all practical purposes, they call holding on UGa.
Mike E
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Hopefully Charlie can get a nice job on campus like Florence. Still be around the game and community.
Jorkel
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Aliceinbubbleland said:

After seeing OU get blown away I really was concerned the same thing could happen to us regardless of the UGA missing players.

We showed a lot of fight. That stupid attempt to go for it at midfield on 4th down was a travesty.

We have lots of company when it comes to failure in the NYD bowls. Michigan and Nebraska struggled for years and years with losses before they finally got going. Well, Nebraska did lol.


If we had played LSU we would have got shelled...LSU and Georgia are not on the same level
kbrun
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Hopefully Rhule will consider Charlie's future life outside of football, which I'm not sure he's done, Charlie doesn't need to be our QB next year.
BearFan33
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Oh

Now they call holding on Ga!
GruntTuff
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Charlie. You are a Baylor legend. We love you. You have been amazing. Please retire and either have some Baylor billionaire hire you, or become a coach.

Thanks for all you have done. You are a Baylor icon!
jdrs
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Prayers for Charlie
tommie
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Miller is playing.
Branch155
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That Ebner bobble leading to an INT in the first half really hurt
Pecos 45
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No one would have predicted that we would be 9-0 late in the season.
I'm proud of our Bears, regardless of this bowl game.
Tough to take, but again, I was pleasantly surprised this year.
"It's no sin to be poor, but it's damned inconvenient." Mark Twain
Jack Bauer
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Can we just get 1.more.score??
Oldbear83
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BearFan33 said:

Oh

Now they call holding on Ga!
That's the same book we saw used when we played Texas or Oklahoma a year or two back.

Yes we would have lost no matter what but Georgia cheated their ass off without a flag a lot tonight.
That which does not kill me, will try again and get nastier
Timbear
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Baylor's non-existent O in the first half lost the game.
Branch155
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Jack Bauer said:

Can we just get 1.more.score??
Well, we're fixing to dial up deep balls on 1st, 2nd and 3rd down, so I'm just hoping we don't get Zeno knocked out
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Branch155 said:

That Ebner bobble leading to an INT in the first half really hurt


The flea flicker
The fake FG attempt
The 4th down call
The non PI call on Mims

We couldn't afford any breaks against us against this team..
Pecos 45
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Branch155 said:

Jack Bauer said:

Can we just get 1.more.score??
Well, we're fixing to dial up deep balls on 1st, 2nd and 3rd down, so I'm just hoping we don't get Zeno knocked out
"Dial up deep balls" has a rather homo erotic sound to it.
"It's no sin to be poor, but it's damned inconvenient." Mark Twain
BusyTarpDuster2017
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Well, maybe the bright side is the NFL won't be so high on Rhule now, which will ensure him staying and continuing to build this team. All he needs to do is get an offense and we're a complete team.
wuzzybear
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I said in a post after OU that CB needs to give this up for HIS OWN SAKE !!! I have med experience with these things and they do not get better and they can show up anytime later in life.. For his own sake I wish he would retire. It's whats best for him and NOT BU.
BUmoneymaker
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Proud of these guys. GA trading out dlinemen like crazy. Ours starters are in the whole game
Aliceinbubbleland
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KIA
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It really has been a miracle season given the OL issues. Credit Charlie's toughness (to his eventual undoing), incredible defensive improvements, and overall coaching.

This season has exceeded all expectations.

And I'm still hoping for an 80 yard pass from Zeno, and an onside kick opportunity.
boognish_bear
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Jorkel said:

Aliceinbubbleland said:

After seeing OU get blown away I really was concerned the same thing could happen to us regardless of the UGA missing players.

We showed a lot of fight. That stupid attempt to go for it at midfield on 4th down was a travesty.

We have lots of company when it comes to failure in the NYD bowls. Michigan and Nebraska struggled for years and years with losses before they finally got going. Well, Nebraska did lol.


If we had played LSU we would have got shelled...LSU and Georgia are not on the same level


I don't think anyone is on LSU's level....not even Clemson...we will see
Branch155
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BusyTarpDuster2017 said:

Well, maybe the bright side is the NFL won't be so high on Rhule now, which will ensure him staying and continuing to build this team. All he needs to do is get an offense and we're a complete team.
LOL. The NFL talked to him after 1-11. This game hasn't changed anything. We have competed well against a superior team
 
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