In easily the most ridiculous and entertaining game so far of the college football bowl season, Baylor—led by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III—beat Washington 67-56 on Thursday night.
However, the question on everyone’s mind was whether or not the Bears quarterback would be sticking around Waco for his senior season. Most NFL draft experts now have him in the Top 15 or Top 10 overall, especially now that USC’s Matt Barkley has decided to return.
Unfortunately for fans of the program and of college football, the Alamo Bowl all but ensured that RG3 will be heading off to the NFL after this season.
Two things became wildly apparent in that game. Firstly, the Baylor offense can compete with anyone in the country. Secondly, the Baylor defense is atrocious. Washington quarterback Keith Price made it look like total Swiss cheese and that simply won’t cut it in the pass-happy Big 12.
The conference will likely be losing a lot of its star power next year. While Phil Bennett is a good coordinator, he cannot overcome all of the issues in just one offseason. Baylor is beginning to recruit the talent necessary to build a good defense, but it simply isn’t there right now.
Meanwhile, the offense will also be losing two of its biggest playmakers in Kendall Wright and Terrance Ganaway. Both will be graduating and their production will be hard to replace. They combined for 37 touchdowns on the season and Wright is widely considered to be an underrated first-round draft pick.
Money has never been the only factor for Griffin, but it would be foolish for him to stay without the promise of at least competing for a Big 12 title or getting into a BCS bowl. He is already a university legend and he would just risk getting injured and would lose a bunch of money if he stayed.
The right decision for RG3 is to head to the NFL.