All eyes will be on the Alamo Bowl since it will be the first game that Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III will play since winning the prestigious award. RG3 and the Bears will play the Washington Huskies and hope to get their first bowl victory in roughly two decades.
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The college football bowl odds opened up for this game with Bears listed as 7.5 point favorites. That number was quickly propelled up two points with 79% of the early betting public on the Bears. This is due to the increasing popularity of RG3 and the horrific defense of Washington.
There is no nice way to put it; the Washington defense is bad, very bad. They allowed an average of 33 points per game and over 400 yards per game. RG3 is licking his lips in anticipation for a big game that could propel his stock in the draft. This is one of the main reasons that the total is now at 79 in this game. That’s the bad news, but the good news is the Baylor defense is also very bad.
The Bears have just as tough of a time as stopping opposing offenses. They finished in the bottom 20 nationally in all four major defensive categories (rushing, passing, scoring, and total defense) and they only gave up less than 24 points just once this season in a shutout win over Division I-AA Stephen F. Austin. Running back Chris Polk will get a chance to tear up that defense and keep the Huskies in the game.
The Huskies have struggled down the stretch but they actually have more big game bowl experience. The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December, and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bears are 18-37 ATS in their last 55 games following a win against the spread and they are a bit distracted coming into this game.
RG3 has been on a worldwide tour and the Huskies are prone for an upset. Although the Bears should win they will have to rely on last minute heroics of RG3.