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December 29, 2011

College Football Report - 2011 Bowl Picks - Valero Alamo Bowl:

Valero Alamo Bowl

#12 Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5)

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9 PM, ESPN, Thursday, Dec. 29, San Antonio, TX

Why Watch: You’ll get to see college football’s most exciting player in Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, rightfully so this season’s Heisman trophy winner. There should be a lot of points on the scoreboard. Both teams average over 31 points a game. The Alamo Bowl is always the starting point for the “big bowls” to begin, too.

Who to Watch: Griffin III won’t be hard to miss as he’ll most likely account for 80% of the Bears offense. Because of that, keep an eye on Bears linebacker Elliot Coffey on the defensive side of the ball. Coffey did a little of everything for Baylor as a senior, finishing second on the team in tackles (99), had two interceptions and two forced fumbles and broke up six passes. With so much attention on Griffin III in this one, Washington standout running back Chris Polk heads in a bit overlooked. Polk brought in his third straight 1,000+ yard season, with 1,341 yards and 11 scores on the ground.

How it’s Going Down: It’s reasonable to wish for a lot of points in this one and have that wish come true. They both score a lot, but they also both give up nearly just as many points as score. Few teams have been able to slow down the rushing and passing attack of the Bears this season, mostly in part to Griffin III. With 46 total touchdowns this season, the Heisman winner has harassed everyone he's faced. Washington surprised everyone with a physical performance against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last season, but I wouldn’t expect the same here. The Huskies have just two quality wins on the season and appear another year off from taking the next step. Husky quarterback Keith Price will keep Washington in the game, but it’s Griffin III walking out with more hardware in the end. Pick: Baylor 45 – Washington 34

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