A few notes to pass along this afternoon. …
— First, the Alamo Bowl announced today that Baylor has “exhausted” its 12,500 ticket allotment for the game (maybe it should try some Five-Hour Energy or something, but I digress).
Washington’s 9,500 ticket allotment is apparently still a little peppier. In fact, there’s no real count yet on UW’s ticket sales, in part because Washington put its tickets on sale in stages, with the first availability to the general public not coming until tomorrow, if there are any available (in Baylor’s case, it sold out its allotment before a general public sale and reported that to the Alamo Bowl today, the reason it became public. UW reported it has no figure to reveal yet).
No one should be surprised that Baylor would be selling more tickets. Baylor is located roughly three hours away from San Antonio and this is the biggest bowl game the school has played in since at least 1994, when it was last in the Alamo Bowl (though the game then wasn’t necessarily as high on the bowl food chain as it is now), and there is also the growing excitement over the potential Heisman win for quarterback Robert Griffin III, who will likely be playing his last college game.
UW fans, meanwhile, have a much more difficult trip to make and all that, which is part of why it is not given as big of an allotment. In fact, the allotments are pre-arranged — 12,500 to the Big 12 representative and 9,500 to the Pac-12 — before the teams are known. The schools/conferences have to commit to purchasing those tickets as part of the agreements between the bowl and the conference. If UW doesn’t sell its allotment, the Pac-12 will pick up the unused portion up to 50 percent. For fans who have worried that there won’t be enough tickets for UW fans, I don’t think there’s any worry that there will be plenty available regardless of how the schools do selling their pre-arranged allotments.
— More proof that it could be a pretty pro-Baylor crowd came in information provided today by TicketsNow.com. The company reported that the Alamo Bowl ranks fourth among all college bowl games in tickets sold through its web site accounting for 8.9 percent of all sales, behind the Cotton Bowl,
Chick-fil-A Bowl, and Champs Sports Bowl.
It said that it has 1,282 tickets currently available at a high of $500 and a low of $41 with an average of $179.
Of tickets sold so far, it reports that 92 percent have shipped to Texas, just 2.5 percent to Washington, with 5.5 to “other.” And it’s fair to assume most of those being shipped to Texas are going to Baylor fans.
— UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named to the CBSSports.com Freshmen All-American Team today. He’s tied for second among UW receivers with 36 receptions good for 479 yards and six touchdowns.
— One of the first predictions on the game, this one from CollegeFootballTalk.com, sees a pretty easy win for Baylor. UW fans shouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more of those, as Baylor is a 10.5-point favorite, is likely to have the Heisman winner leading the No. 2-rated offense in the country, finished 9-3 to UW’s 7-5, and also won its last five while the Huskies lost three of their last five (the wins coming against two teams that have fired their coaches). None of that is to say UW can’t win the game. But that’s just the reality of the way a lot of those looking from the outside are likely to see things.
— Rivals.com also handed out some Pac-12 end-of-season awards.