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Alamo Bowl Odds: Baylor Favored By Over A Touchdown

If the odds-makers are correct, the Baylor Bears should win 10 games in a season for only the second time in the program's 106-year history.

They are favored by -8.5 points against Washington in the 2011 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Thursday Dec. 29.

Much of the optimism surrounding the Bears comes from the high-scoring offense powered by Heisman winner and likely top 5 NFL pick Robert Griffin III, who has almost single-handedly changed the mentality of the perennial Big 12 doormat.

They are facing a Huskies defense that has struggled to keep pace in the Pac-12, giving up 33.3 points a game, 99th worst in the nation.

Against the four best offenses they've faced, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's defense has imploded, giving up 51 points to Nebraska, 65 to Stanford, 34 to Oregon and 40 to USC.

But Sarkisian's background is on offense, and he's had little trouble replacing Jake Locker in his third season in Seattle, plugging in sophomore Keith Price to helm his pro-style offense. The 6'1 195 sophomore has completed 67.4% of his passes for 2,625 yards, 29 TD's and 11 INT's.

Price will certainly have his opportunities on a Baylor defense that's given up 35.7 points a game, 109th worst in the nation.

With Griffin possibly headed to the NFL, Texas likely to rebound after a two-year down spell and perennial power TCU joining the conference next season, coach Art Briles will need to improve his defensive recruiting to keep the Bears out of the Big 12 cellar.

He'll have a chance to do that with a strong performance over a solid Pac-12 program in a game located in one of Baylor's main recruiting areas along I-35.

The over/under for a game that could quickly turn into a shoot-out is 76.5.

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