Alamo Bowl 2011: Washington's Underrated Offense Will Shine vs. Baylor's Soft D

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Quarterback Keith Price #17 of the Washington Huskies throws a a pass against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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When the bowl matchups were announced, the first one that immediately made my ears perk up was the Alamo Bowl between Washington and Baylor. Everyone knows about Robert Griffin III, but there are a lot of talented offensive stars that will shine in this game and the Huskies can score just as many points as the Bears. 

We know that neither team is going to play defense—Baylor finished 109th in points allowed and Washington was 99th—so this game could easily feature 100 combined points when all is said and done. 

This contest has special meaning for some Huskies players. As Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun wrote, the seniors on this team have come a long way from playing on the winless 2008 squad. 

The bulk of this year's senior class is made up of 2008 true freshmen who were forced to play early and struggle through that forgettable 0-12 season. (Senio) Kelemete, who was a defensive tackle that year, wide receivers Devin Aguilar and Jermaine Kearse, and defensive linemen Alameda Ta'amu and Everette Thompson are among the current seniors who started their UW career on a winless team.

We know what Griffin and the Bears can do because they have been featured prominently on national television throughout the year. It is amazing to look at where this program is at right now, considering that they were always the laughingstock of the Big 12. 

The Huskies don't get the credit that they deserve because they are buried on the west coast and a majority of the country has not seen them play. But they have held their own against quality competition this season, even though they don't have the wins to show for it. 

Don't be surprised when they are putting up 40-45 points in tonight's game and giving Baylor all that it can handle. 

Quarterback Keith Price has made great strides this season and his evolution will continue in the Alamo Bowl against a soft Baylor defense. He will be able to match Griffin throw for throw in this terrific matchup of two high-flying offenses.