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Baylor and Washington have been invited to this year's Valero Alamo Bowl to be held at the Alamodome on December 29. The Bears and Robert Griffin III edge out Oklahoma for the honor thanks to their 45-38 victory over the Sooners earlier this season.
Washington finished 7-5 on the season and earns its second straight trip to a bowl game under coach Steve Sarkisian. The Huskies benefit from USC's NCAA bowl probation as the Trojans could have made this trip had they been eligible.
This will be the fifth match up all time between the two schools with Baylor holding a 3-1 lead in the series. Robert Griffin III is likely headed to New York for the Heisman presentation but the Huskies have their own high power star in running back Chris Polk who rushed for 1,341 yards this season. Before the Huskies defeated Washington State in the regular season finale, they had dropped four of its previous five games.
Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reports that Texas running back D.J. Monroe confirmed via his twitter account that the Longhorns were indeed heading to the Holiday Bowl on December 28.
Texas' D.J. Monroe just confirmed on Twitter that Texas is headed to the Holiday Bowl.
The Longhorns rumored opponent in the Holiday Bowl would be California who also finished 7-5 this season. Texas has also been rumored as a candidate to be headed to Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl but it appears that it will be Iowa State taking on Rutgers in that game.
Texas lost three of its last four games but defeated arch-rival Texas A&M with a last second field goal in what was Mike Sherman's last game as head coach of the Aggies. Texas lost its season finale to Baylor 48-24
The bowl situation of many teams remains fluid and CBS Sports Brett McMurphy reports that while Texas is still a possibility for the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium it now appears as though it will be Iowa State taking on Rutgers on December 30.
Sources tell @CBSSports Pinstripe Bowl will pit Rutgers vs. Iowa State
Texas is still an option for the Holiday Bowl in San Diego that takes place on December 28. A possible opponent for Texas in the Holiday Bowl would be California who also finished at 7-5 this season. The Longhorns strong fan base makes them an extremely attractive option for bowls no matter what their record may be.
Iowa State finished 6-6 this season but made news by upsetting then No. 2 Oklahoma State, a loss that potentially could knock the Cowboys out of the BCS Title game. The Cyclones dropped their last two games losing to Oklahoma and Kansas State.
According to a report by CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy, Texas is a candidate to take on Rutgers in this year's Pinstripe Bowl on December 30.
Source: Rutgers to Pinstripe Bowl. Opponent TBA because waiting to see if K-State gets BCS bid. Most likely:: Texas or Iowa State
The Longhorns have also been rumored as a possible candidate for the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas finished 7-5 on the season after losing to Baylor 48-24 to end the season. Texas lost three of its last four games.
Kansas State finished with a 10-2 record after defeating Iowa State 30-23 on Saturday. The Wildcats are hopeful for a BCS at-large selection but should they be passed over it will likely shuffle down some of the other Big 12 teams in the bowl pecking order.
While fans await the shakeout at the top of the BCS standings from the voters as to who will face off versus the LSU Tigers in the national championship game in New Orleans, the Baylor Bears and the Texans Longhorns will look at their upcoming bowl games as big rewards based off of last year's success.
Based on the latest 2011 bowl projections, Art Briles and his Baylor Bears football team will be looking to take their talents to Tempe, Arizona to play in the Insight Bowl versus the Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams have finished their seasons 9-3 and the December 30th game will be sure to have plenty of interesting story lines from Robert Griffin III's magical season to the turmoil surrounding the Penn State program.
For the Texas Longhorns, due to their traveling fan base and improved 7-5 season in 2011, their reward looks to be the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. There, they would conceivably face off against the 7-5 California Golden Bears, who will have a much shorter distance to travel to face the Longhorns.
The Baylor Bears Robert Griffin III had one last chance to impress Heisman Trophy voters in his season finale against the Texas Longhorns. Griffin had another great game as he scored four touchdowns -- two in the air and two on the ground -- passed for 291 yards and rushed for another 31.
The game itself saw a close first half where Texas was able to keep it close with Baylor as quarterback Case McCoy passed for 353 yards, three touchdowns but the four interceptions are really what hurt Texas' chances this afternoon.
At the half Baylor only led 24-21 and the game was tied at 24 apiece as Texas was able to kick a field goal to start the third quarter. After that Texas field goal Baylor ran off 24 unanswered points to put this contest to bed and win 48-24.
The Texas Longhorns scored first in the third quarter by kicking a field goal to tie the game at 24, but from then on it has been all Baylor Bears in the third. Baylor went on to score 24 straight points to now lead 41-24, the two touchdowns came on the ground. One score was a 10-yard run by quarterback Robert Griffin III and the other was Terrance Ganaway on a 1-yard run. On the day Ganaway has two touchdowns and 133 yards so far on the day.
The third touchdown during that stretch was a 39-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. The latest touchdown was set up when Texas' Cody Johnson fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Bayl Ahmad Dixon.
The passing game came alive for Baylor in the second half as Griffin has thrown for more yards in the third quarter and first part of the fourth quarter than he did in the first half.
The Texas Longhorns offense which has struggled all year showed up Saturday afternoon against the Baylor Bears by putting up 21 first half points. Baylor got up early 14-0 on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to Kendal Wright and the other was a touchdown run for 20 yards by Terrance Ganaway. Texas responded with a Case McCoy 2-yard touchdown pass to Blaine Irby. That touchdown was the start of Texas scoring 21 straight points to take the lead 21-14.
With Texas up leading by seven Baylor made their own 10 unanswered point run to take the lead by kicking a 22-yard field goal and Griffin scored his second touchdown of the half on a 2-yard rush. Those last 10 points gave Baylor a 24-21 lead over Texas at the half.
All three first half touchdowns came on the arm of McCoy for Texas, and his having one of his best games of his career with 232 yards, three touchdowns and only one pick. McCoy is out dueling Griffin who is 5-for-10 for 132 yards in the air with a score and only eight yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown.
The Baylor Bears are looking to win back-to-back games against the Texas Longhorns since they won games in 1991 and 1992 back in the old SWC days. Baylor will have a good shot as Robert Griffin III is going to start after suffering a head injury against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the end of the first half as he took a forearm to the head and his head bounced on turf at Cowboys Stadium.
Baylor could possibly be playing for a Cotton Bowl berth if they can beat Texas, but they would need an array of other things to happen to head to the Cotton Bowl. However, beating Texas for the second year in a row in almost 20 years should be enough motivation for the Bears.
Game date, time: 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011
Location: Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas
TV channel: ABC
Radio: Bears radio network.
Spread: Baylor favored by 2.5 points.
An early contender for most absurd "according to sources" report of the coaching carousel season is Jake Lebhan, a reporter and personality for a Topeka, Kansas talk radio station WIBW 580 AM. Lebham caused something above a ripple and below a stir on Thursday when he announced this Saturday's game against Baylor would be Texas head coach Mack Brown's last:
Naturally, those around the Longhorn program stomped out the report almost instantly. Most notably. Chip Brown from OrangeBloods.com posted his own "according to sources" in the Texas athletic administration:
Oddly, Lebhan then Re-Tweeted Brown's flat-out dismissal, and copped to his source. Does it sound like he's waffling? You decide:
With Robert Griffin III under center, it's a new day in Waco. Since joining the Big 12 in 1996, Baylor has never beaten both of the conference's traditional powers -- Oklahoma and Texas -- in a single season.
Baylor's offense has carried them to an 8-3 record while the Longhorns' defense has saved their 7-4 season from a tailspin after a series of devastating injuries on the offensive side of the ball.
Griffin, after leading his team to a shocking home upset of the Sooners two weeks back, is now in the thick of the Heisman race. He's completed 72.6% of his passes for 3,678 yards, 34 TD's and 5 INT's.
He sat out of the second half of the Bears 66-42 victory over Texas Tech last week with a concussion, but he is expected to be able to play on Saturday.
Texas' defense, which starts only four seniors, has steadily improved throughout the season. With three NFL-caliber linebackers in seniors Emmanuel Acho, Keenan Robinson and sophomore Jordan Hicks, they are one of the few teams with the speed to match-up with Griffin on the perimeter.
They'll need another fine performance to help an offense that has never recovered from the loss of senior RB Fozzy Whittaker to a season-ending knee injury against Missouri.
Sophomore QB Case McCoy did not have an impressive statistical line against Texas A&M, completing 16/27 passes for 110 yards, but he was able to lead the Longhorns down the field in the final two minutes to hit the game-winning field goal.
In sharp contrast to the match-up on the other side of the ball, Baylor's defense, which gives up 36.7 points a game, 111th worst in the country, will give the Longhorns some opportunities.
If McCoy struggles, former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is likely to dip deep into his bag of tricks: he changed the dynamic of the Texas A&M game with a 41-yard TD pass from WR Jaxon Shipley.
Expecting the Bears defense to crumble, the odds makers have set the over/under for Saturday's game at 63.
It will be broadcast nationally by ABC at 2:30.
After leading the No. 17 Baylor football team to its most successful season in over 30 years, junior QB Robert Griffin III has emerged as one of the front-runners in a tightly-contested Heisman race.
Griffin's stats have been unreal all season, as he's completed 72.6% of his passes for 3,678 yards, 34 TD's and only 5 INT's while rushing for 612 yards and 7 more TD's. Most importantly to Heisman voters, he's lead fourth-quarter comebacks against national powers Oklahoma and TCU on national TV this season.
He appeared to suffer a concussion at the end of the first half of the Bears 66-42 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, but the school has said he is "probable" for next Saturday's game against No. 23 Texas.
But the young Longhorns defense, which has improved significantly since losing two consecutive blowouts to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State earlier in the season, is in no mood for a coronation in what could be Griffin's last game in Waco:
Acho, one of the team's only seniors, has emerged as a star at LB in recent weeks, averaging 12.25 tackles over the last four games while covering the entire field at 6'2 240.
He spear-heads a deep and talented defense with future NFL players on all three levels, with former five-star recruits Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor as well as Kheeston Randall on the defensive line to Acho, Keenan Robinson and Jordan Hicks at the linebackers and a bevy of underclassmen, from Carrington Byndom to Kenny Vaccaro and Quandre Diggs, in the secondary.
It should be an intriguing strength-on-strength matchup when they head into Waco to face Griffin Saturday.
A trip to San Diego is likely at stake this Saturday when the Longhorns and Bears meet; TCU nearly set to visit Las Vegas.