Tag: Baylor Bears
The University of Washington Huskies are undergoing some big changes. Not only is the school remodeling it’s stadium at University Village, but this year, they will have a chance to play perhaps one of the finest football players to come out of the NCAA in the recent years. Robert Griffin III is the man behind what we could call a fairly successful year from the guys over at Baylor. At 9-3 in the Big 12, Baylor is still not among the strongest teams in the Nation, but this year, under the leadership of their star quarterback, the Baylor Bears could have a good chance to win a Bowl Game for the first time in twenty years.
The winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy, and the first player from this institution to receive the recognition as the year’s most valuable player in college football, could take advantage at what is virtually a home game at San Antonio, Texas as the No. 15 ranked school in the nation faces the University of Washington Huskies on the Alamo Bowl on December 29th. Griffin has managed to single handedly push the Baylor Bears back into football relevance while breaking as many as 46 school records and becoming perhaps one of the most successful passers in the league. Griffin was simply in a whole another league. It didn’t matter if it was his passing game or his running game, the numbers he recorded this season speak for themselves. Just consider that he led the nation with a 192.3 passer rating, throwing 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. But that’s not all, the kid can also move and swivel around the opposite defenses with ease. As if his air game was not enough, Griffin actually added 644 rushing yards and nine more TDs on the ground.
Most everybody is assuming that Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. But rumor has it, Griffin III might actually end up been the most desirable selection for either the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Vikings or the St. Louis Rams, or whoever it is that ends up taking the No. 1 pick. Griffin is only a Junior in terms of eligibility, but he has already earned his degree in Political Science and although it is still uncertain whether he’ll take part of the draft or not, his NFL stock has been rising constantly and a flawless performance against the Huskies could even give him some extra kudos.
The Bears have been unstoppable during the last 5 games. They even managed to defeat the Big 12 conference rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, for the first time ever. The team has averaged 587 yards and 46.4 points during that stretch. It seems that the Washington Huskies defense isn’t really equipped to slow down the Sooners. Their defense numbers are among the worst in the league. Perhaps that’s why the Huskies are currently a +9½ point underdog for their match against the Bears.
Blame it on Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears, but so far it seems that we might end up with an all SEC National Championship game. He was the cornerstone of an 48-25 win over the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend. The Oklahoma Sooners and it’s sister school, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were both making a strong case for the a spot into the BCS National Championship Bowl, but both Big 12 schools dropped their games this weekend, and now it seems as if it’ll be up to the perfect LSU Tigers, the 10-1 Alabama Crimson Tide to take a go at the most coveted game in College Football.
The Bears quarterback was unstoppable this weekend. Griffin completed 21 of 34 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to Terrance Williams with 8 seconds left. He was also the rushing leader for the Baylor Bears with 18 carries for 72 yards. Griffin numbers were extraordinary, but so were some of the plays his team pulled off. There was one in particular that couldn’t had been better. Griffin made a powerful pass down the middle that first deflected off the hands, then the helmet of intended receiver Tevin Reese. The football went about 20 yards farther down field, and was grabbed out of the air near midfield by Kendall Wright, who sprinted to an 87-yard touchdown to make it 24-24 with over 6 minutes to play in the third quarter.
The Oklahoma Sooners had a great chance to get back in the fight for the National Championship last weekend, but now, once again and despite starting the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Nation, the Sooners will have to settle for the Big 12 Championship and perhaps a spot in one of the BCS Bowls. It’s a little of a disappointment for Sooners fans across the Nation. For starters the Sooners had the National Championship game at stake before Saturdays game. It’s been quite a similar story all along for the Oklahoma. Great expectations once again turned into a season of underachievement.
By kickoff time, Bob Stoops and Co. knew that Oklahoma State had lost its perfect season after the Cowboys fell 37-31 to Iowa State on Friday Night. Many of us were expecting that the sister schools would play it all out on Saturday December the 3rd. Oklahoma State was a clear favorite over the then 5-4 Iowa State, but the Cyclones took advantage of their home field and sweep Oklahoma States chances at a National Championship. So that should had been a quite a spirit booster for the Sooners. Their conference rival and No. 2 Oklahoma State were down and just before kickoff, the Oregon Ducks had become a 2-loss team when the Ducks failed to pull off a comeback against USC. So right before the Sooners went out to the field, the whole scenario couldn’t have been any better: before them, they had the Baylor Bears, a team that had never managed to win a game against the Sooners and two of it’s rivals for the National Championship game had lost vital games. But then it all went south.