Oklahoma State Cowboys
(10-2, 9-3 ATS)
(7-5, 6-6 ATS)
Two offenses that have the ability to put a ton of points on the board are going to have at it in the Alamo Bowl, when the Oklahoma State Cowboys try to tame the Arizona Wildcats.
The Oklahoma State offense this year was absolutely stunning, and this was a tremendous surprise for a team that would have just been happy to make it to a bowl game at the start of the year. Head Coach Mike Gundy was one of the most underappreciated coaches in the country this year, and he deserves a ton of credit for being the architect of an ‘O’ that scored 44.9 points and averaged 540.5 yards per game. QB Brandon Weeden had a tremendous first year in the saddle, replacing the graduated QB Zac Robinson, throwing for 4,037 yards and 32 TDs. Of course, he was really helped by having the only duo in the nation to have at least 1,500 rushing yards and 1,500 receiving yards. RB Kendall Hunter was a tremendous back this year, running the ball 261 times for 1,516 yards and 16 TDs. He also caught 19 passes for 106 yards and was one of ten men that had at least 100 yards receiving on the season. WR Justin Blackmon was suspended for one game this year, but he still had 102 catches for 1,665 yards and 18 trips to the end zone. Don’t discount what this team can do defensively. Even though 27.8 points per game only ranked No. 68 in the nation, considering the fact that this was a tough Big XII schedule this year, things weren’t all that bad.
It seems like an eternity ago that the Wildcats were a Top 10 team in the nation that had aspirations of winning the BCS Championship. Four straight losses to end the campaign did tremendous damage to the bowl bid for Arizona, which has now had two straight atrocious ends to season. QB Nick Foles will be wrapping up his junior season and is just 89 yards away from becoming a 3,000 yard passer. Foles threw for 19 TDs against seven picks this year, but he was out of the lineup for two games and hasn’t been the winner as a starting quarterback in over two months. He is helped by WR Juron Criner, who caught 74 passes for 1,197 yards and ten TDs. He was really one of the best receivers in the Pac-10 this year and will certainly be in for a big day if the Cats are to pull the upset here in San Antonio. Defensively, it took five games for anyone to really have a good game against this defense, but at the end of the season, an average of 36.0 points per game allowed was devastating.
For the first half of the season, Arizona was fantastic. For the second half though, the better team was clearly the Pokes. Okie State is carrying momentum into this game, and after watching the U of A get shut out last year in the Holiday Bowl, we have no confidence that it can get the job done and avoid getting rammed by this fantastic offense. Ride the Cowboys in college football betting action in the Alamo Bowl.
Alamo Bowl Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys -4.5