Need picturesque photos of tourists along a canal? Missing moments for mariachi bands in your life? Well, this is the bowl for you- Since I’m the only member of tBBC who’s actually seen both of these teams play over the past five years, I’m the guy to get you prepped for all the festivities.
The Basics: Thursday, December 29th, 2011, 9:00 PM EST on ESPN, from San Antonio. Washington (7-5, 5-4 Pac 12) and Baylor (9-3, 6-3 Big 12).
History: Ah, the Alamo… Here’s the jokes we’ve made at this games’ expense in the past. This historical festivity has seen such great matchups as Texas Tech’s last stand minus the Capn’, and the introduction of the Shot-Ginn (more later).
Washington: Year one of AL (After Luck), the Huskies got ready for the new stadium by putting together a relatively middle of the road team. No disrespect to Steverino; but UW won all the games they were supposed to (minus a loss to Oregon State) and were blown out against better opponents (including a revenge beating at the hands of the Cornhuskers). Starting out with a three point victory over a team with the worst field in America (take that, Boise!) , it was going to be a rebuilding year from the opening kick. Their defense is 99th in the country in points against, which means that Chris Polk (1340 yards rushing) and Keith Price (2625 yards passing) have to keep busy just to keep them in the game.
Baylor: You know, it’s a pity that Baylor never has anything newsworthy happen to it. Wonder what they’d be like with quality athletes and stuff, you know? Speaking of new stadiums, the Bears are joining in the game with a river side venue that’s actually near campus. Huge year for the Bears, with wins over Oklahoma and Texas in Waco; that one point loss to KSU probably stings a little bit. Heisman winner Robert Griffin the third leads a team that’s 5th in the country in passing yards and seventh in scoring- he’s accounted for 4600 yards himself, with 45 TDs and only 6 interceptions. Yeah, he’s good.
Fun Facts. Ohio State has never met Baylor on the field. Since Troy’s in the news and stuff, let’s remember that time where he was suspended and the Buckeyes beat Les Miles’ team, huh? Thanks, Vico!
Who we got?
History: Ok, let’s just get right to the question that you’re all surely asking- No, the Alamo Bowl does not have a basement. It does, however, have its fourth sponsor in the seventeen years that it’s been a part of the college postseason. The game has had an interesting history; it has hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes on four different occasions, last year it was the “make sure no one is locked in a closet” game, and our new conference brothers gained the appropriate hatred for TTUN en route to one of the more interesting finishes in college football bowl history.
Historically a match up that includes a Big Ten squadron, this is the first year that a team from the PAC10 joins the festivities on the riverwalk. Little known fact- the 1993 National Championship Game between Minnesota State and West Texas State was held in the Alamo Dome.
During the season, we give toOSU a hard time for their reliance upon their generous benefactor, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, kidding our Cowboy readers that their team exists only due to his copious bags of cash. If you think that we’re not going to continue this trend in our preview, you obviously haven’t been reading this website.
43 year old coach Mike Gundy’s offensive prowess is well known (tops in the NCAA), and the 2010 version of the Cowboys did not miss a beat, especially at receiver. After sending Dez Bryant to the professional Cowboys, Stillwater’s squadron replaced him with Justin Blackmon, who managed 100 yards in each of the 11 games he played in (missing one due to a DUI). Blackmon also has 18 scores (NCAA best) on 102 catches for 1665 yards on the season.
Defensively, the Cowboys are a bit more of a mystery, although they managed a pick-six against Oklahoma, as well as one of the most awesome interceptions I’ve ever seen.
Wow- the “after Christmas events” are getting more and more interesting, ain’t they?
Allegedly, he made a player sit in an equipment bin during practice after the player wouldn’t play with a potential concussion. Because being careful with brain issues is for losers.
Bad enough, right? But, to take things further, the player was Adam James. As in Craig James’ son. As in the ESPN broadcaster initially assigned to do color commentary for the Alamo Bowl (he has since been reassigned).
However, if this is true, and given what we saw at Kansas, this does not look good for the Red Raiders’ commander.