Baylor Will Crush The Dawgs In San Antonio
When I heard the news last night that Washington will face Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, I thought to myself: “Man, I can’t wait for Dec. 29 to get here.”
I’m going to start marking off the days on my Cougar calendar, the one with Kevin Lopina as poster boy for the month of December. Today it’s 24 days ‘til the Bears crush the Huskies. Tomorrow, I’ll X off another day and tell myself that it’s 23 days ‘til the Bears crush the Huskies.
I’m made a mental note to make sure that I record the game. I say to myself: “Self, don’t forget to tape the Alamo Bowl. You want to make sure you have that one in your “My Recordings” file so you can watch it over and over again. It’s bound to feature Robert Griffin III completing one pass after another against the dependably defenseless Dawgs.”
I didn’t think anything could match the excitement of Mike Leach coming to Pullman, and this doesn’t – but the fact that Washington drew Baylor in the Alamo Bowl comes pretty close. For Coug fans, this is the biggest must-see TV of the bowl season. Forget LSU-Alabama in the national championship game and Oregon-Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl – the Alamo Bowl will be a lot more fun.
Seahawks’ fans will want to tune in too – Griffin is the type of quarterback that Pete Carroll is looking for, a mobile guy with a strong arm.
I haven’t seen him that much, but I’ve certainly heard about him – Griffin is mentioned in the tier of highly rated quarterbacks in next year’s NFL draft that is just below Andrew Luck. With a late-season surge, Griffin could be the second QB picked, ahead of Matt Barkley and Landry Jones. (By the way, I saw Jones in the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game Saturday night and was not impressed.)
In the game that I saw Griffin – Baylor vs. Oklahoma – he made a sensational throw, rolling to his left and throwing to his right, way downfield, having the arm strength to find his receiver in the end zone between two Sooner defenders. That was the game-winning touchdown in a 45-38 win for Baylor.
Griffin will have his way with Nick Holt’s defense. I know, that goes without saying – everyone has his way with Nick Holt’s defense. Obviously, I can’t wait for that. But even more than the game, I can’t wait for the post-game fallout with all of the complaining and griping and moaning about Holt and his defense and what should be done about it.
Should Holt be fired? Will Holt be fired? Will Coach Sark can his buddy? Will Coach Sark stick by his buddy’s side?
Then again, I suppose there is a supermodel of a slim chance that Holt’s defense somehow plays kind-of OK, the Huskies win in a shootout, and Holt justifies 1/16th of that ridiculous contract of his.
I’ve been criticized left and right by a Facebooker for my continual venom toward the Huskies. But correct me if I’m wrong – I’m a Coug. The Huskies are our rivals. When you’re a Coug, you don’t want your rival to win. When you’re a Coug, you want your rival to lose and, preferably, lose big.
If I were a Husky fan, I’d be mocking the bejeezus out of the Cougs. We’re highly mockable these days with our 9-40 record the last four years. I’d hope that Mike Leach lands on his sword in the Palouse.
That’s fine, completely understandable. I don’t want you to want us to win.
If I were you – and some of you have – I’d point out that Baylor’s defense is worse than Washington’s, and that Keith Price and Chris Polk and Co. should have their way with the Bears too. I would have to agree with you, and I know you’re right, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone’s defense could be worse than Holt’s, but I guess Baylor’s is.
With all of that said, here’s the number I’m hoping for in the Alamo Bowl:
70. That’s right, 70! One more time: 70!!!!!!
I want to see Baylor score 70 points in the Alamo Bowl. Ten touchdowns, five in each half, resulting in symmetrically perfect domination in San Antonio.