Baylor made its first appearance in 17 seasons in The Associated Press’ college football rankings released today.
The Bears (6-2, 3-1 in Big 12) joined the Top 25 at No. 25 in this week’s AP poll. Baylor also cracked the coaches poll at No. 24 following a 47-42 victory over Kansas State that made the Bears bowl-eligible for the first time in the Big 12 era.
The rankings are the first for the Baylor football program since the Bears were No. 24 in the AP poll released on Sept. 5, 1993.
The Bears seek to build on their status in Saturday’s game at Texas (4-3, 2-2), which fell out of the Top 25 following a 28-21 loss to Iowa State. Baylor and No. 4 TCU (8-0) are the only college football programs from the state of Texas ranking in this week’s polls.
Baylor coach Art Briles, who is in his third season at the school, said there is “a tremendous feeling of accomplishment” involved with the Bears’ milestone weekend of bowl eligibility followed by a Top 25 ranking.
_ Jimmy Burch