They said Robert Griffin III needed a signature win. He got it against Oklahoma.
He needed a strong finish. He got it against Texas, helping Baylor beat the Longhorns 48-24 on Saturday.
That's the first time the Bears had beaten the Longhorns in consecutive seasons since 1991-92.
Baylor improved on last season's record, when it started 7-2 and lost its final four games. The Bears are now 9-3 and knocking on the door of a 10-win season for the second time in school history, the first since 1980.
Griffin's already broken his own school records (set last year, of course) for passing yards, touchdown and passing efficiency.
What more does he need to do?
Tyranne Mathieu is still changing games for the Bayou Bengals in the SEC.
But after Saturday, Griffin's performance has to make Heisman voters think more about their ballot.
Griffin stated a strong case on Saturday while Richardson and Luck sat at home.
He completed 15 of 22 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a pair of touchdowns, too. Nobody had thrown a touchdown pass longer than 20 yards on Texas all season. No other FBS team had allowed fewer than two.
He's precipitated Baylor's rise, and now, we'll find out just how much he'll be rewarded for it.