Oklahoma State (9-3) vs Colorado (10-3)
Two former Big 8 teams meet in this year’s Alamo Bowl in what will be the first matchup between two ranked teams.
When Oklahoma State Has The Ball: Mike Gundy’s teams have consistently put up good numbers offensively throughout his 40’s. This year was no different as James Washington and Justice Hill racked up over 1000 receiving and rushing yards respectively. The offense is led by Mason Rudolph, one of the better college quarterbacks in 2016. Colorado has played consistent team first defense all year with a front 7 led by Jimmy Gilbert and a secondary led by Tedric Thompson’s 7 interceptions. Rudolph doesn’t throw many interceptions so the matchup between him and Thompson will be fun to watch.
When Colorado Has The Ball: Philip Lindsey has had a solid year running the ball. He has been consistently good for the Buffalos. Junior receiving tandem have combined for 138 catches, 1610 yards, and 14 touchdowns through the air, giving the Buffalos plenty of options in the passing game and opening up the run for Lindsey. Vincent Taylor and Jordan Stearns lead a veteran defense that should be ready to go.
Analysis: Colorado has been one of the better stories of 2016. While Oklahoma State has done well, as they usually do, Colorado, under Mike MacIntyre, seems to be doing something special. I would expect their season to end on a high note as they head into recruiting with some momentum for the first time in 20 years.
Colorado 24 - Oklahoma State 23