No. 6 Baylor's improbable path from Big 12 cellar dwellers to champions culminates with its first BCS bowl game, against No. 15 Central Florida in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.
After inheriting a program that had endured 12 consecutive losing seasons, Bears coach Art Briles has guided the Bears to a remarkable 11-1 record in his sixth year at the Texas school.
The challenge for Briles now is maintaining his program's unlikely momentum, writes Mark Schlabach.