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Arguably the second-best teams in the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences, respectively, will battle in the Alamo Bowl when the Colorado Buffaloes take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Buffaloes were blown out by the Washington Huskies 41-10 as eight-point underdogs in the Pac-12 championship game while the Cowboys were routed 38-20 by the Oklahoma Sooners as 12-point dogs in their annual Bedlam rivalry matchup.

Kickoff: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 9 p.m. ET
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Additional Read: Oklahoma State vs Colorado Betting

2016 Alamo Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Oklahoma State+3

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Oklahoma StateBig 129-37-57-5

Alamo Bowl Matchup

One of the nation’s top offenses will square off against one of the best defenses here, and you know how that usually goes. However, Colorado’s defense was ripped apart by Washington in the Pac-12 title game, which should at least give Oklahoma State some confidence heading into this intriguing matchup.

The Cowboys ranked ninth in the country in passing yards per game (322.8) and averaged 38.7 points. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes had the 13th-best pass defense nationally, allowing just 182 yards per game through the air while holding opponents to an average of 20.5 points. But the Huskies found a way to successfully pound the ball on the ground against Colorado, running for 265 yards on 54 carries with a pair of 100-yard rushers.

Whether the Cowboys can find a way to win with a similar game plan remains to be seen, especially because their strength is the passing game. Oklahoma State freshman running back Justice Hill had 99 yards on 16 carries in the loss to Oklahoma, and he is certainly capable of making an impact if given enough carries.

Offensively, the Buffaloes must get better production at quarterback in order to hang with the Cowboys. Sefo Liufau gutted it out on a bum ankle against Washington and did not play well, throwing three interceptions and completing only three passes. The team is hoping the time off will help him heal up, and Mike MacIntyre has a coaching edge on Mike Gundy after leading the school to its first bowl appearance since 2007.

From a betting perspective, it is almost too close to call regarding the right side that will win and cover the number. Colorado started the season by surprising both oddsmakers and bettors, getting off to a blazing 8-0 start against the spread. But the Buffs closed out the campaign by going 2-3 ATS in their last five games despite going 4-1 straight up. Oklahoma State saw its seven-game winning streak go up in smoke versus the Sooners and was also riding a 4-1 ATS run before that. The key will be how well the Cowboys start the game, because Colorado is ill-equipped to keep up on the scoreboard if they are down double digits early on.

2016 Alamo Bowl Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma State is 3-1 SU (1-3 ATS) in its last four games against Colorado.
  • Oklahoma State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games against teams with winning records.
  • Colorado is 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in its last eight games in the postseason.
  • Colorado is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Oklahoma State's last seven games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Colorado's last nine games.

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Alamo Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Alamo BowlMichigan20Texas A&M22+5TEXA&MTEXA&M
1996Alamo BowlTexas Tech0Iowa27+3IOWAIOWA
1997Alamo BowlPurdue33Oklahoma State20+3.5PURDUEPURDUE
1998Alamo BowlKansas State34Purdue37-14KAN.STPURDUE
1999Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M0-6PENNSTPENNST
2000Alamo BowlNebraska66Northwestern17+14.5NEBRNEBR
2001Alamo BowlIowa19Texas Tech16-1.5IOWAIOWA
2002Alamo BowlColorado28Wisconsin31+7WISCSNWISCSN
2003Alamo BowlMichigan State3Nebraska17-3NEBRNEBR
2004Alamo BowlOhio State33Oklahoma State7-2OHIOSTOHIOST
2005Alamo BowlNebraska32Michigan28-10NEBRNEBR
2006Alamo BowlIowa24Texas26-9IOWATEXAS
2007Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M17+4.5PENNSTPENNST
2008Alamo BowlNorthwestern23Missouri30-14NWESTNMIZZOU
2009Alamo BowlMichigan State31Texas Tech41-9.5TXTECHTXTECH
2010Alamo BowlArizona10Oklahoma State36-4.5OKLASTOKLAST
2011Alamo BowlWashington56Baylor67-9BAYLORBAYLOR
2012Alamo BowlTexas31Oregon State27-1TEXASTEXAS
2013Alamo BowlOregon30Texas7+14.5OREGOREG
2014Alamo BowlUCLA40Kansas State35-1.5UCLAUCLA
2015Alamo BowlOregon41TCU47+7.5TCUTCU
2016Alamo BowlOklahoma State-Colorado--3  
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