Free Alamo Bowl Prediction: Cowboys vs Buffaloes Odds
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2016 Valero Alamo Bowl
(9-3) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes (10-3)
Date: Thursday December 29th
Time: 9:00 pm EST
Venue: Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Colorado -3.0
NCAA Betting Total: 62.5
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The Valero Alamo Bowl is a matchup between two teams fell just short of winning their respective conference championships in their last game.
The #12 Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to their instate rivals 38-20 in what was basically the Big 12 Championship Game without actually having the official title.
The #10 Colorado Buffaloes were beaten handily 41-10 by #4 Washington in the Pac-12 Championship and lost a probable Rose Bowl bid or an outside shot at the playoffs.
This game should be very interesting to watch because it involves two of the most surprisingly good teams of the 2016 season.
The winner of the Alamo Bowl will likely finish the season in the top 10, a position where no one expected to see either Colorado or Oklahoma State at the beginning of the year.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
One can only wonder where the #12 Cowboys would be right now were it not for that Central Michigan debacle. But, the past is the past, and here they are facing another surprising team in Colorado.
OK State is lead by an explosive passing attack, and they will be looking to get on the board early and stay ahead in this one.
Junior quarterback Mason Rudolph has been one of the most outstanding QBs in the Big 12 this year.
He has thrown for 2,777 yards, 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He leads the nation’s 9th ranked passing attack, and they average 322.8 yards per game through the air.
They score 38.5 points per game which ranks them 20th in CFB. On the defensive end, they’re pretty bad. They allow 457 total yards per game which ranks 108th in the nation.
If Oklahoma State has been a surprise this year, the #10 Colorado Buffaloes have been an absolute shock. Home Depot Coach of the Year Mike MacIntyre has done a great job turning the program around and building a team that is strong on both sides of the ball.
The defense has been particularly impressive and will try to shut down the high-powered Cowboys offense.
Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau has thrown for 2,171 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. The strength of the offense is the running game, led by junior running back Phillip Lindsay.
Lindsay has been one of the nation’s best backs all year, running for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Buffs rank 16th in yards allowed (327.6), 12th in passing yards allowed (182.0) and 18th in points allowed (20.5).
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- OK State is 7-5 ATS this year
- OK State is 6-4 ATS in last 10 games
- Colorado is 8-2 ATS in last 10 games
Free Valero Alamo Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
This should be a fun matchup of great offense versus great defense. Usually in those situations, the great defense comes out on top, but we know that both of these teams are full of surprises.
They will both be looking to make up for losing a conference championship in the last game and finish the year with a win.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Colorado -3.0
Although OK State is able to put points on the board, Colorado has played high-powered offenses all year. They were embarrassed by Washington last week and will be looking to show their strength here.
It will be close, but the Buffaloes are the better and more balanced team.
Valero Alamo Bowl Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 27 – Colorado 31
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