It's college football bowl season and that means trying to decipher the level of motivation for team relegated to lesser bowl games. A month ago, Baylor was thinking playoffs but after a slew of quarterback injuries and back-to-back losses the Bears find themselves playing prior to New Year's Day. The good news is their opponent, No. 10 North Carolina,
. The bad news is they're down to their third-string quarterback who suffered a concussion in last week's loss to Texas. Baylor is currently a -3 favorite vs. UNC.
“We could go to a bunch of bowl games this year and we’d have a hard time finding many more quality opponents than North Carolina,” Briles said. “That’s the reality of it. They deserve where they’re at. I don’t think motivation is an issue at all.”
“Next Monday we’ll know a lot more,” Briles said. “He’s going to have a bone scan. If it shows where it’s healed, then I think he can start his rehab. It’s about the time we start our bowl prep. It’s hard to walk around on crutches 3½ weeks and all of a sudden be ready to go. There’s a time period involved where you have to get your body back right to move where you can protect yourself mainly.”