The Baylor football team will play its final game of the 2015 season Saturday against No. 7 Iowa State, and the Bears will be without star quarterback Bryce Petty and running back Benny Snell.
But that won’t mean the Bears are done.
They’ll have the chance to get back together and go to the Fiesta Bowl if they win the national title.
That’s what Baylor head coach Art Briles said Tuesday after a practice in Dallas.
Baylor’s final game, Sept. 30 against No, 9 Wisconsin, will be its only one as a BCS bowl participant.
Baylor will be one of just two unbeaten teams in the country, joining Alabama, which lost to No. 2 LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
But the Bears still won’t be in a position to win a B-52 championship.
Bryce Petty will miss the Bears’ final game Saturday against Iowa State.
He is expected to be ready for the Fiesta bowl.
Briles was asked if the Bears were considering another bowl this year.
There’s a lot of other things going on in the world right now, and we’ll have a couple more opportunities,” Briles told reporters.
“We’ll make the right decision.”
Baylor was a national championship contender in 2015, winning a Biletnikoff Award as the best football team in the nation.
The Bears went 10-1 and reached the College Football Playoff.
That season marked the first time since 1992 that Baylor didn’t win a national title, joining the likes of Texas A&M, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State.
Bears coach Art Wilkins is in his second season as the coach, and his record has been in jeopardy after a 6-10 finish in 2016.
He was fired in December, following a 6,872-yard passing season.
Wilkins has said he’s confident he’ll get a new contract.
Wilkins has coached the Bears to the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, BCS Championship and the BCS National Championship, including two BCS titles.
He will be at the Fiesta in 2021, but has not ruled out another season of bowl eligibility.
Brill, who took over the Bears in the spring of 2019, won 11 games in his first season in 2017, with a 13-2 record and a No. 5 national ranking.
He signed a contract extension last season that was worth $5.9 million annually, but he was released following the season.
Brilas contract with the Bears was not renewed after the season, and he was never a candidate for a second contract.
He has said the contract was based on salary and that it was his first as a head coach.
He also is the first coach to coach in the Big 12 Conference, which also has the Big Ten and SEC.
Brills contract with Baylor expires at the end of the 2021 season.