Tonight, I went to the Alamo Bowl, a post-season game between the University of Washington and Baylor. The final score was 67-56, Baylor. I really wanted to see this, but I was a bit under the weather. Still, I made it out there and I have some observations for you:
The state of defense in football–at all levels–is sad. It used to be that a coach would have his best players on defense. Now, everyone wants to be either a quarterback or wide receiver. Especially wide receiver. It shows on defense. Teams can’t get stops or get off the field, unless they are LSU or Alabama.Which explains why they are playing for the national
Robert Griffin III is absolutely the Real Deal. You look at him to make certain throws, like the deep out. The ball is on time. He’s fairly accurate. He’s always looking to throw the ball instead of just pulling it down to run. He’s extremely mobile, but run is definitely his last option. If there was one player he reminds me of, it’s Michael Vick. That’s good and bad. If there’s one thing I’d worry about him, it’s his size. I don’t know if he can take the beating an NFL QB must. I also don’t like the hurry-up every down. He might be a bit of a system QB. I don’t think Baylor really knew how to run clock, plus he’s rarely had to take direct snaps. I’d pick Andrew Luck over RGIII, but I’d rate him an early to mid 1st round QB.
The Baylor fans were well behaved. So were UW’s. Can’t say enough about them, their behavior was appropriate for the event. One thing that made me laugh was hearing a Baylor fan talk about how West Virginia and TCU didn’t belong in “their” conference. LOL, it wasn’t even Baylor’s conference. It’s Texas’s conference, and they loan it to OU every once in a while.
Finally, check out these numbers:
– 620 total yards
– 8 touchdowns
– Quarterback: 23 of 27, 438 yards, 4 touchdowns passing, three TD’s running.
That’s the team that LOST! By double digits, after having led by double digits in the 3rd quarter. You have got to be kidding me!
The attendance was 65,256, the fifth largest in Alamo Bowl history. I don’t know how many people the Alamodome holds, but I would guess this one was pretty close to capacity.