ALAMO BOWL CAPSULE
No. 15 Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5), 5 p.m.
Line: Baylor by 9.
Series Record: Baylor leads 3-1
WHAT’S AT STAKE
If this is the final college game for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the nation’s most electrifying player can go out leading Baylor to one last incredible feat: a bowl game victory. The Bears haven’t won a bowl game since 1992, and ending that drought would give Baylor its first 10-win season since 1980. An upset by Washington, meanwhile, would erase the Huskies’ disappointment of losing four of their last six.
Griffin against Washington’s defense. There’s no way around it for Washington. For the Huskies to have any chance, their weak defense that gave up an average of 33 points a game has to somehow stop the AP Player of the Year who was the nation’s most efficient passer and threw for nearly 4,000 yards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Baylor: All eyes will be on Griffin, who says he’s undecided about whether he’ll jump to the NFL next season. His favorite target, WR Kendall Wright, had 1,572 receiving yards and 13 TDs.
Washington: RB Chris Polk ran for 1,341 yards and 11 TDs and is a big reason why the Huskies are playing in back-to-back bowl games just three years removed from a winless 2008 season.
FACTS & FIGURES
Griffin is the first Heisman winner to play in a bowl game before New Year’s Day since Ty Detmer led BYU to the Holiday Bowl in 1990. …It’s the first meeting between Baylor and Washington since 1965. …Baylor is playing in just its third bowl game since 1994.