Robert Griffin III won Baylor its first Heisman Trophy this past Saturday, and come December 29th, RGIII will earn Baylor its first Alamo Bowl victory.
Watching RGIII this year has been absolutely magical. He consistently amazed fans with stoic comebacks, electrifying passes and highlight reel plays. Griffin's dominant play and his proven leadership earned the Baylor Bears their first nine-win season in 25 years, the last being 1986.
Robert Griffin III proved to the college football world that with hard work, perseverance and belief in yourself, anything is possible. That kind of mindset will help RGIII become a Pro Bowl NFL quarterback, but before he gets there, he has to face the Washington Huskies in the 2011 Alamo Bowl. The Huskies won't give him much trouble, just like most defenses in 2011, allowing Griffin to put up some incredible numbers.
Here are five bold predictions for Robert Griffin III's performance in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
During the first three games of the 2011 season, Robert Griffin III threw for more touchdown passes than incompletions. Against TCU, Stephen F. Austin and Rice Griffin threw for 13 touchdowns on 69-of-81 passing, which is an incredibly impressive feat, no matter who the defense on the other side of the ball is.
During that stretch, there were two games in which Griffin had more touchdown passes than incompletions, and he will add a third to that list after he's done with the Huskies in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
The Huskies' pass defense hasn't been all that formidable this year, giving up an average of 283.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 116th out of all 120 Division I football teams. The best quarterback the Huskies faced all year, Andrew Luck, only had five incompletions. Robert Griffin III is going to do him one better.
Griffin will end the game with only three incompletions and four touchdowns, adding the 2011 Alamo Bowl to his list of career games in which he's had more touchdown passes than incompletions.
Washington's offense averages a total production of 392.3 yards per game. Robert Griffin III himself averages a total production of 387.0 yards per game. I'm going to go ahead and say that RGIII will have no trouble out-performing Washington's offense all by himself in the Alamo Bowl.
Baylor's defense gives up an average of 278.8 yards per game, and I don't realistically see how Washington's offense will accumulate much more than that average.
Robert Griffin III will have no problem gaining more yards than the Huskies' entire offense. He might even be able to out-gain them based on his passing production alone.
Robert Griffin III will account for a total of 448 yards as compared to the Huskies' entire offense, which will account for only 315 yards in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
This one is really a no-brainer. RGIII has been the most outstanding player on the field every game this year, so why would that change in the 2011 Alamo Bowl? Good news for Griffin and Baylor, that won't change, and Griffin will be named the Alamo Bowl MVP, adding yet another piece of hardware to his trophy list.
The Huskies' secondary won't be able to contain Griffin's passing attack, and when they think they are about to, Griffin will burn the Huskies' defense on the ground with his athleticism.
Robert Griffin III is going to have one of the best statistical games of his 2011 season in the Alamo Bowl, and he is going to do so with ease. Griffin will put his Heisman skills on display, and he'll show the college football world why he is deserving of the Heisman honor.
The 2011 Alamo Bowl MVP is...Robert Griffin III.
Washington's defense isn't exactly dominant against the run, allowing an average of 142.6 yards per game. What's most telling about the Huskies' run defense is that in games played against Top 10 teams (Oregon, USC, Stanford), the Huskies' defense gave up an average of 303.3 yards per game.
The Huskies won't quite give up those types of numbers to Baylor's rushing attack, but they certainly won't be able to contain the rushing attack of RGIII.
RGIII is an opportunistic runner, and that's why his production and yards-per-carry average are so solid. Griffin only runs when he has to or if the defense commits too strongly to the passing game. Twice this year, against Iowa State and Kansas, Griffin has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. After the Alamo Bowl, he can add another game to that list.
The Huskies will undoubtedly over-commit to the passing game of Griffin, which will open up his ability to burn the defense on the ground to the tune of 104 yards.
The Huskies haven't seen a talent like this all year long in the Pac-12. Yes, I know they played Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley, but RGIII is a completely different talent than those quarterbacks. Griffin has the explosive athleticism that both Barkley and Luck lack, and the Huskies will get a nice dose of that in the Alamo Bowl.
Griffin will put on an absolute show for the national audience watching the 2011 Alamo Bowl by throwing up incredible stats to the tune of:
Passing: 27 CMP, 30 ATT, 345 YDS, 5 TD; Rushing: 15 Carries, 103 YDS, 1 TD.
If there is anyone out there who doesn't believe Robert Griffin III deserved to win the Heisman Trophy, he will do his best to show them why they're wrong in an absolutely dominant Alamo Bowl performance.
Baylor 52, Washington 31