The Baylor Bears are headed to the Valero Alamo Bowl. Baylor who finished out the season 9-3, 6-3 in the Big 12, earned its first nine-win season since 1986 and will be going to a bowl game for consecutive years for the first time since the early 1990s. The Bears proved to be a threat in the Big 12 this year beating Oklahoma and Texas in the same season for the first time in program history.
Head Coach Art Briles is in his 4th year at Baylor led the Bears to their first bowl appearance in 16 years in 2010. Briles, who became head coach in 2008, has lead his team in its most successful season since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. “We’re pumped to get to extend our season at the Valero Alamo Bowl in a great city and a great stadium in football-crazed South Texas,” said Briles. “We’re so happy for our fans, that they’ll be able to show up in mass support. We’re proud that our players get the opportunity to play a really good Washington team from the Pac-12 and that they get to represent the Big 12.”
The Bears feature a second ranked offense that have scored 40+ points in 8 of 12 games this season and is 8-0 when scoring at least 40 points. The offense also leads the nation is passing efficiency and first downs and is currently ranked 5th in passing, 6th in scoring, and 18th in rushing. The Bears started off their season strong posting three wins against non-conference schools but then struggled with their next four games only beating Iowa State and losing to Texas A&M and top-ranked Kansas State and Oklahoma State. However, the Bears finished strong winning their last five games, the longest winning streak since 1991, and became bowl eligible with their win against Kansas.
Baylor’s most talked about player this year is Robert Griffin III (RG3) who is currently a Heisman candidate and leads an offense that has set or tied 53 individual and team records. He is also a finalist for the Walter Camp, Manning, O’Brien, Unitas and Wuerffel awards. RG3 is 1 of 3 players in FBS history with 10,000+ passing and 2,000+ rushing yards (Dan LeFevour and Colin Kaepernick). He also leads the nation in passing efficiency and is on pace to break the NCAA single-season record.
The Bears have two other players who are nationally ranked, IR Kendall Wright and RB Terrance Ganaway. Wright ranks 2nd nationally in receiving yards (1,572) and 6th in receptions (101) and receiving TDs (13). Ganaway leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally with 1,347 rushing yards and 11th with 16 rushing TDs.
Bears fans can get ready for the Valero Alamo Bowl by visiting the Baylor website.