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Alamo Bowl

One of the most successful contests on the college football bowl game schedule, the Alamo Bowl has been a fixture at San Antonio’s Alamodome since 1993, and now features matchups between squads from the Pac-12 and the Big 12.

Originally designed as a showcase for teams from the Pac-12 and now-defunct Southwest Conference, the Alamo Bowl involved Big 12 and Big Ten teams from 1995 through 2009, before the Pac-12 returned to replace the Big Ten in 2010.

The Alamo Bowl has been a consistent winner at the box office, regularly attracting crowds of over 60,000 to see some of the biggest college football stars in the nation. Led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Baylor Bears topped the Washington Huskies 67-56 as 9-point favorites at the 2011 Alamo Bowl in the highest-scoring bowl game in college football history.

Overtime was needed on three occasions during the first 24 editions of the Alamo Bowl, including the 2015 game that saw the TCU Horned Frogs escape with a 47-41 win over the Oregon Ducks as 7.5-point underdogs in a triple-overtime thriller.

The Ducks earned the victory in their first Alamo Bowl appearance three years earlier, with sophomore passer Marcus Mariota picking up MVP honors while leading Oregon to a 30-7 win over the Texas Longhorns as 14.5-point chalk.

Other Alamo Bowl MVPs who later went on to enjoy successful NFL careers include future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, who earned the honor in 1998 with the Purdue Boilermakers. Future Pro Bowl wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was named offensive MVP in the Missouri Tigers’ 30-23 overtime win over Northwestern in 2008, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett received the nod as a member of the Kansas State Wildcats in January 2015.

This year’s Alamo Bowl features the Stanford Cardinal vs the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU stood out as an excellent UNDER wager, going below the total in nine of its 12 games, including six of its seven road games. For more on the Alamo Bowl, check out our Stanford vs TCU betting preview.

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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 State38Colorado8-3OKLASTOKLAST
2017Alamo BowlStanford-TCU-   

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