It is always a bad idea and comes with negative consequences to go against what Scripture says, especially when it comes to the person and work of Christ.Baptism points out us towards Jesus, as he saves us, not the water rite!
There is no getting around the statement in 1 Peter 3 that baptism does now save you through the resurrection of Christ... That is very different from your interpretation which when read into the passage would make it say something like baptism does now point you [to Christ] through the resurrection of Christ...
I think everyone can agree that those are two statements with very different meanings. So the question is can the first statement, the God given explicit statement in 1 Peter 3, be rightly understood according to the context in which it was given. Faithful Christians in this regard answer yes.
The explanation of what baptism now does that saves you lies in part in the parenthetical thought regarding what occurs in baptism. Baptism (what is acting upon the passive one being baptized) is the answer of a clear conscience towards God through the resurrection of Christ. In other words, what is offered or presented in baptism by God is a clear conscience towards Him through the ressurrection of Christ. That is what the remiision or forgiveness of sins in His name means.
That free gift of a clear conscience, the forgiveness of sins in His name, can only be received through faith.