Baylor Bears vs. UCLA Bruins
The high flying offenses of the Baylor Bears and the UCLA Bruins take the field in the Holiday Bowl. The Bruins are -1 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 74.5.
Robert Griffin might be gone but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the numbers Baylor has put up. The best offense in the game that racked up 579 yards and 44 points behind the #3 air attack and #19 ground game. In other words, the Bears had zero problem doing what they wanted, when they wanted. Nick Florence was no RG III but he did a pretty good impression of the former star by completing 61.2% of his throws for 4121 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Terrance Williams was the star of the receiving corps with 95 catches for 1764 yards and 12 scores with Tevin Reese (51-889), Lanear Sampson (51-639) and Levi Norwood (39-477) giving the offense plenty of options. The rushing attack had just as many choices with Lache Seastrunk (115-874), Glasco Martin (158-791), Florence (121-531) and Jarred Salubi (108-407) giving Baylor stacks of yards. The Bears needed just about every point they could muster with the defense near last with 514 yards and 38 points allowed.
UCLA had the PAC 12 championship in the bag except for one problem; Stanford who defeated the Bruins in successive weeks. UCLA still won the PAC 12 South thanks to an offense that was no stranger to the end zone and a defense that more than held their own. The attack was ranked #20 with at 475 yards and 35 points that was able to run and throw effectively. Brent Hundley (292-428/3411) was deadly efficient with 26 touchdowns against eleven picks on 68.2% completion rate. Shaquelle Evans (53-795) and Joseph Fauria (40-561) might have been the top receivers but this passing game was the very definition of spreading the ball around with nine others totaling between 133-319 yards. The rushing game didn’t have near as many options but needed just one in Jonathan Franklin who churned out 1701 yards on 268 totes with 13 touchdowns. The Bruins also played some defense with 410 yards turning in to just 26 points so this group had some bend but don’t break qualities.
There should be points aplenty in one of the more interesting match ups where the punters won’t see too much action. Even though both teams could score in the 40′s, UCLA plays more defense and gets my vote.
UCLA Bruins -1 Baylor Bears