There were some who grumbled a bit about this year's Texas Bowl matchup (us, for example), but if ticket sales are any indication, the whiners are in the minority.
Bowl officials announced today that 60,000 seats have been sold and only 10,000 remain with eight days to go to kickoff.
A lot of that is corporate buying, we're guessing, but it seems the bowl is benefiting from Baylor's return to post-season play after a 16-year drought.
Illinois fans headed our way are being tutored by Marissa Clapp, a former Illini swimmer now at Baylor Medical School.
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"Cavender's Boot City is a must visit while in Houston, especially if you're looking to buy something memorable," Clapp said. "It carries unique Southern-style clothing, cowboy boots and hats and other fun Texas apparel. It is not strange to see someone wearing their cowboy hat to the mall or grocery store."
For fans looking to bust a move, Clapp recommended Wild West, which she said has hands down the best dance hall around and free dance lessons on Sunday nights, along with karaoke.
Houston also has much to offer for families, with NASA and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, while young people can enjoy all that Midtown, Rice Village and Washington [Avenue] have to offer for nightlife.
She particularly likes Washington Avenue, so get ready for an influx of orangeclad people, we guess. Watch out for the d-bags, though, Illini.