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BIG 12 NEWS: Baylor returns 15 starters and 47 letterman from last season's Holiday Bowl champion team

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Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 11:23am

After guiding Baylor football to heights unmatched in program history, three straight bowl games and back-to-back bowl wins in 2011 and 2012, Bears head coach Art Briles continues to push expectations for his 2013 squad.

"We've got to carry that momentum on, we finished really strong last year," Briles said. "We've got to carry it on in to the start of 2013, to come out of the gates fast."

Briles describes his 2013 team's strengths as tradition, expectations, belief and attitude. "We're an established football program. When people talk about one of the top 4 or 5 programs in the Big 12, they mention us - and rightfully so. That's something that we have to continually work on getting better at."

The 2012 Holiday Bowl champions return 15 starters and 47 lettermen from a squad that won its final four games, including three against top 25-ranked teams.

"We've still got a lot of growth, a lot of area in front of us to improve on," Briles said. "Not just as a football program, but honestly as a support group too; as a rabid fan base that creates a ticket that needs to be scalped. That's where we need to get to."

The Bears' schedule boasts a very attractive seven-game home slate highlighted by hosting Texas, Oklahoma and a first-ever visit by new league member West Virginia. The 2013 season also marks the final season playing at Floyd Casey Stadium. This season will mark the 64th and final at "The Case," which opened in 1950. The Bears open their new $260 million on-campus home, beautiful riverfront Baylor Stadium, in the fall of 2014.  

"We're excited about having a great finishing year at Floyd Casey, that's a big deal for us," Briles said. "We want to go out in style, and we've been really good there the last three years, record-wise (16-3). We need to carry that tradition on and finish up, and get ready to open up a new era in `14." 

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