2018 Alamo Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
Remember the Alamo (Bowl).
The 2018 Alamo Bowl is on its way, and either the Pac-12 or Big 12 will pick up a win.
More specifically, either Washington State or Iowa State will. For the Huskies, this bowl is probably something of a disappointment given that they led the Pac-12 North almost until the very end. Blowing the game against Washington kept them from the Rose Bowl, so this is their consolation prize.
As for Iowa State, this season was a bit unexpected in a good way. They climbed into a third-place tie in the Big 12, and landing here is a pretty solid result. Regardless, both took different paths to the same place.
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2018 Alamo Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Friday, December 28, 2018, 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT)|
|Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|$7,975,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Washington State is a 3.5-point favorite|
2018 Alamo Bowl: Iowa State Cyclones
|8-4 (6-3 Big 12); tied for 3rd place in Big 12|
|Best Win: West Virginia|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 82nd, Total Offense 105th, Rushing Offense 114th, 3rd Downs 59th, Time of Possession 92nd, Turnover Margin 74th, Sacks Allowed 76th, Red Zone 16th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 35th, Total Defense 33rd, Rushing Defense 21st, Opponent 3rd Downs 99th, Sacks Per Game 36th, TFL Per Game 30th, Interceptions 90th, Opponent Red Zone 9th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 83rd, Punts Per Game 81st|
2018 Alamo Bowl: Washington State Cougars
|10-2 (7-2 Pac-12); Pac-12 North co-champions|
|Best Win: Utah|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 15th, Total Offense 21st, Rushing Offense 129th, 3rd Downs 30th, Time of Possession 22nd, Turnover Margin 29th, Sacks Allowed 7th, Red Zone 42nd|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 38th, Total Defense 30th, Rushing Defense 36th, Opponent 3rd Downs 41st, Sacks Per Game 16th, TFL Per Game 38th, Interceptions 65th, Opponent Red Zone 92nd|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 94th, Punts Per Game 123rd|
2018 Alamo Bowl: Head-to-Head
Iowa State and Washington State have not played each other yet, which will soon change. (Link: Winsipedia)
2018 Alamo Bowl: Pick
The better offensive team is for certain Washington State. Gardner Minshew has been a find for the Cougars and helped power them into a 10-win team. Aside from coming up short in the conference, this season blew past expectations and it’s a testament to Mike Leach and company how far they got. Despite being a Big 12 team, the Cyclones are no match for the Cougs offensively.
Where the Clones do stack up is on defense, and considering some of the offenses they have faced this season, those statistics above are notable. Expect that they will be able to keep the game within reach, at least for a little while. Could it be, however, that Washington State just has too much offense?
The last time we saw Wazzu, they got shut down in the snow. That’s not how this group wants to go out, and it would be surprising to see it.
Pick: Washington State