“I’m really, really excited about going to the Cotton Bowl,” head coach Art Briles said. “I think it’s a great venue, without any question. It’s a great opportunity for us to play a great Michigan State team on a national stage at a pretty convenient location for us.”
Baylor, ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and playing in its program-record fifth straight bowl, will face Big Ten member Michigan State (10-2, 7-1) when the Cotton Bowl is played at 11:30 a.m. CST on Jan. 1. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN. The Spartans are ranked No. 8 in the CFP rankings.
Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) concluded its second-straight 11-win season, topped off with a 38-27 victory over ninth-ranked Kansas State Saturday. That win gave Baylor its second straight Big 12 championship.
The Bears feature the nation’s best offense, which averages 48.8 points per game and 581.3 yards per contest. Baylor has won five games in a row, plus 16 straight home games. BU is 26-3 in its last 29 games, tied for the nation’s second-best record during that stretch.
“By concluding the season with an 11-1 record and two top 10 wins, while winning back to back championships in one of America’s most competitive conferences, we firmly believe that Baylor University deserved to be included in the College Football Playoff,” director of athletics Ian McCaw said. “While we appreciate the difficulty of the selection process for the committee, we must disagree with the outcome.
Our disappointment today does nothing to diminish our enthusiasm around a historic football season, our first in the new McLane Stadium, one of the nation’s finest football venues, and our return to the tradition-rich Cotton Bowl for the first time since 1981. Our focus now is on celebrating a Big 12 championship with our remarkable coaches, student-athletes and fans while seeking to conclude the season against an outstanding Michigan State team in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Moving forward, I anticipate that the Big 12 Conference will review its tie-breaking procedures, perhaps as early as our league meetings which start tomorrow in New York, and engage in discussions regarding an eight-team playoff model.”
Due to the tremendous response from Baylor Nation during the recently completed pre-order process, only a limited number of tickets remain in the Baylor allotment. The best ticket locations within the Baylor allotment have been reserved for Bears’ fans who pre-ordered their tickets and will be allocated later this week based upon the Bear Foundation’s priority ranking system.
Tickets not claimed during the pre-order process are priced at $150 each, and are being made available to 2014 football season ticket holders only at this time. Fans looking to purchase those tickets may do so by logging on to their ticket account at http://www.baylorbears.com/tickets.
Baylor students may purchase tickets later this week at the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office. Student tickets, which cost $50 each, will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Further details on student ticket availability will be sent later this week by Student Activities.
Travel with fellow Bears fans on the Official Baylor Bowl Tour. Anthony Travel, in partnership with Baylor Athletics, Baylor Alumni Network/Baylor Sports Network and the Baylor Bear Foundation, has created official charter and land travel packages for the Bears’ trip to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Individual airfare and car rental assistance are also available.
Visit AnthonyTravel.com for more information on the Official Baylor Bowl Tour.