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Bowl Picks: 2016 Alamo Bowl

[lead align=”default”]Two very good teams from Power Five conferences meet in San Antonio for the 2016 Alamo Bowl.[/lead]

Unquestionably, of all the bowls that have kicked off, this is the most high-profile so far. It features the runner-up from each of the respective conferences represented in this game.

In a twist, it also happens to be the second 2016 Alamo Bowl. The first one was played on January 2, 2016 as an extension of the 2015 college football season. It will be difficult for this game to top that one, given what a crazy, triple-overtime game that was between TCU and Oregon, but there’s always a chance.

Oklahoma State expected to do well this season, and they did. A 9-3 record and a second-place finish in the Big 12 has them ranked in the top 15 nationally. Colorado, on the other hand, must be thrilled to be where they are. The Buffs were 4-9 last season, and hadn’t had a winning year since 2005. Their last bowl win was in 2004 in the Houston Bowl. Mike MacIntyre spearheaded a massive turnaround in his fourth season.

This isn’t quite a clash of the titans, but it’s a pretty good pairing.

2016 Alamo Bowl: Team Backgrounds

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Big 12 Conference
9-3 (7-2 Big 12)
26th bowl appearance in school history (16-9)
Best win: vs. West Virginia, 37-20 on October 29
Worst loss: vs, Central Michigan, 30-27 on September 10
One stat: The Pokes average 36.3 ppg against winning teams this season

Colorado Buffaloes
Pacific-12 Conference
10-3 (8-1 Pac-12)
29th bowl appearance in school history (12-16)
Best win: vs. Utah, 27-22 on November 26
Worst loss: vs. Washington, 41-10 on December 2 (Pac-12 Championship)
One stat: Colorado’s defense jumped from 85th in yardage last year to 17th this year

2016 Alamo Bowl: The Edge

Tough call down in San Antone. Colorado is the team with the defense here, and Oklahoma State’s is terrible. Again, the Big 12 these days is not known for it. That’s a slugfest league all the way.

If the Buffs’ defense does what it’s supposed to do, they will win. Should this turn into a high-scoring affair, the edge will have to go to Oklahoma State. For now, we err on the side of defense.

2016 Alamo Bowl: Pick

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