• Hello, San Antonio: Bears headed to 2011 Alamo Bowl

    BU-UW at Alamo Bowl

    After going 9-3 in the regular season — Baylor’s first nine-win season since 1986 — the Bears will get a chance at win No. 10 in San Antonio. Baylor will face Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. CT; the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

    The Alamo Bowl selection gives Baylor — now ranked No. 12 in the BCS standings — back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1991-92. The bowl will also mark Baylor football’s first game in San Antonio since the 1994 Alamo Bowl (which, incidentally, was the Bears’ last bowl appearance until last December).

    Heisman candidate Robert Griffin III will face a Washington team that finished 7-5 on the season, 5-4 in the Pac-12, good for third in its division. The Huskies are led by All-Pac 12 First-Team running back Chris Polk, who has posted his third straight 1,000-yard season with 1,341 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. Washington’s offense is ranked No. 36 in the nation in scoring, and with the Bears’ offense ranked No. 6 nationally, the Alamo Bowl should be an entertaining shoot-out.

    Baylor’s allotment of 12,500 tickets from the Alamo Bowl offers fans the chance to sit with the most BU fans at the best price. Tickets for these sections are $95 for club level and lower level, and $65 for upper level. Bear Foundation members and 2011 season ticket holders can place their orders by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 at BaylorBears.com/tickets, by calling 254-710-1000 or in-person at the Ferrell Center box office between 8:30-5, Monday-Friday.

    If any tickets remain from the allotment, they will be made available to all fans beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 8. Baylor students may purchase tickets for $65 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 12-14, or until supplies are exhausted. Additional tickets are available to all fans through the Alamo Bowl website.

    The BaylorBears.com Bowl Central page and the Baylor Nation Fan Zone each have plenty of other details for Bear fans, including information on each team, ticket information, links to Baylor Alamo Bowl gear and even travel packages available from Anthony Travel (sign up for more information). The Baylor Alumni Network will also be coordinating events in San Antonio, including a pep rally and tailgating activities; we’ll share that and more as details get nailed down between now and the big game here at Baylor Proud.

    Sic ’em in San Antonio, Baylor football!