Oklahoma State will face former Big 12 and Big 8 rival Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. The two teams will meet Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Alamo Bowl - Oklahoma State vs. Colorado— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 4, 2016
The No. 10 Colorado Buffs will face No. 12 Oklahoma State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. MST. Should be fun! #cubuffs— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) December 4, 2016
Fun indeed! The No. 12 Cowboys will face No. 10 Colorado for the first time since the Buffaloes left the Big 12 for the Pac-12 in 2010.
Colorado and OSU are the only two teams ranked in the Top 12 NOT to be included in a New Years Six Bowl this year. Still, any match-up of ranked teams should make for a great game
Oklahoma State and Colorado have previously faced each other 46 times, with the Buffaloes leading the series 26-19-1. Mike Gundy went 2-1 against Colorado before they left the Big 12, including winning the last two meetings in 2008 and 2009.
Both teams are coming off losses in conference championship games. Colorado fell 41-10 to No. 4 Washington in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night. Oklahoma State dropped a 38-20 loss to in-state rival No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.
It will be the 25th bowl appearance in Cowboys program history and 11th consecutive under Mike Gundy. The Cowboys are 6-4 in bowl games under Gundy. This will be OSU’s fourth appearance in the Alamo Bowl, where they are 1-2. Their only win was a 36-10 victory over Arizona in 2010 under Gundy.
In only his fourth season in Boulder, Mike MacIntyre has guided the Buffaloes to its first bowl game since 2007. MacIntyre led San Jose State to a 10-2 record and Military Bowl appearance in 2012, but left the program for Colorado before the Spartans’ 29-20 victory over Bowling Green.
Colorado holds a 12-16 bowl record, including dropping four of their last five postseason games. Their last bowl win was a 33-28 victory over Texas-El Paso in the 2004 Houston Bowl. The Buffaloes have only appeared in the Alamo Bowl once before; a 31-28 overtime loss to Wisconsin in 2002.
The payout for the bowl is $3.825 million per team this year.
When: Thursday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m. CST
TV channel: ESPN
Location: San Antonio, Texas