UPDATE, 3:10 p.m. — There are now multiplie media reports of the Washington-Baylor matchup, and a source has also confirmed to the Times that that is likely to the be pairing, as well.
UW had expected for a while now that the Alamo Bowl would be its destination — what it didn’t know was its opponent. But the pieces came together today to pit UW with Baylor of the Big 12.
UW has never played in the Alamo Bowl, which joined the Pac-12’s bowl lineup prior to the 2010 season and now has the first choice of conference teams after the BCS.
UW has not played Baylor since 1965 and is 1-3 all-time against the Bears.
Baylor finished 9-3 overall this year and 6-3 and tied with Oklahoma for third in the Big 12.
Baylor is led by quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. He leads the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown for 3,998 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions in leading the Bears to a 9-3 record.
The game projects as a real shootout as Baylor is second in the nation in total offense, gaiing 571 yards per game, but 114th in the nation in total defense.
Baylor has won its last five in a row.
UPDATE, 4:15 P.M.
A few websites that should help:
— Here’s the official Alamo Bowl website with all the information on tickets, etc.
— Here’s the official Baylor football web site.
— Here’s Baylor’s stats page.
— And here’s the Baylor football page from ESPN.com.
UPDATE, 4:20 P.M.
Here’s a few quick items on Baylor:
What is Baylor? — Baylor is a private Baptist university located in Waco, Texas. On its web site, it says that it was “chartered in 1845” by the republic of Texas making it “oldest, continually operating university in the state.”
Enrollment — Listed at 12,438 undergraduate for the fall of 2011.
About its football team — Baylor went 9-3 this season overall, 6-3 and tied with Oklahoma for third in the Big 12. The Bears finished the regular season ranked 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the coaches poll.
Famous alums — Author Robert Fulghum, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Super Bowl winner Mike Singletary, Olympic track gold medalists Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner. Singer Willie Nelson also attended Baylor but did not graduate.