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Alamo Bowl Betting – Alamo Bowl Has “Fun” Written All Over It This Year

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/21/2011 3:44:10 PM
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The 2011 Alamo Bowl puts the reigning Heisman Trophy on the gridiron in a climate-controlled environment versus a prolific Pac-12 Conference offense. Buckle up – this should be a wild ride.

Washington Huskies vs. Baylor Bears - Thursday, December 29

Sports betting line: Baylor -9.5

Why Washington Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, it’s worth looking beyond the records of the two teams. The Huskies might be just 7-5, but one year ago, they took the field as a double-digit underdog in another game against a Big 12 foe and proceeded to surprise the experts. Coach Steve Sarkisian’s club was a two-touchdown underdog against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. The game marked the end of Nebraska’s last go-round as a member of the Big 12 before the school’s jump to the Big Ten. The pundits said Nebraska would roll – the Huskers had whacked the Huskies earlier that season in Seattle – but in the unique realm of bowl world, Washington stood supreme. The Huskies bottled up the Huskers’ running game all night long and, with superior lineplay, scored a 19-7 upset that actually felt like a far more decisive vanquishing of Big Red. Washington might have been mediocre during the 2010 regular season, but in the bowl-game spotlight, the Huskies found new energy and managed to flourish as a result. They overwhelmed a Nebraska team which wasn’t expecting such electricity from the other side of the line of scrimmage.

This year, the setup is oh-so-similar for Washington. The Huskies drifted through a 7-5 season in which they wilted in November. Quarterback Keith Price got sidelined because of exacerbated injuries to his knees, which have never been entirely free of pain this season. Backup Nick Montana was unable to lead UW to a win over Oregon State, and it became clear that the Huskies missed their main man under center. However, UW will have Price back in action for the Alamo Bowl, and as a result, the Huskies figure to be able to pitch the ball around the ballpark against a Baylor defense that got torched by both Oklahoma State (59 points) and Texas A&M (55). Partly as a function of its own offense and partly as a result of Baylor’s porous secondary, Washington should be able to score in bunches.

Why Baylor Will Win

The college football betting  experts who are looking at this contest can’t deny that Baylor has the best player on the field. Quarterback Robert Griffin III became the first Baylor player to win the John Heisman Memorial Trophy. The stellar signal caller enabled Baylor to beat Oklahoma for the first time in school history, and he also led BU to nine wins for the first time in the program’s existence since 1986, when the Bears were coached by the iconic Grant Teaff. Griffin has taken Baylor to rare heights with his awesome combination of blistering footspeed and a souped-up rifle arm. The Bears can score from any point on the field as long as Griffin is healthy. He will have a month off to prepare for this game, which means that Washington’s mediocre defense – hammered by USC and Stanford this season – will be in for a long day.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be a shootout in San Antonio, but Baylor has the better gunslinger. Washington quarterback Keith Price and running back Chris Polk will be really good, but Griffin and his favorite receiver, Kendall Wright, will be a lot better. Take Baylor minus the points.



College Football Betting Pick: Baylor

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