The Alamo Bowl is the new Holiday Bowl since the bowl lineup between the Pac-10 and Big 12 shuffled who goes where. Oklahoma State had one of their best seasons in a very long time which is surprising since the Cowboys were 120 out of 120 in experience coming into this season. However, they came this close to going to their first Big 12 South title, but fell once again to their rival Oklahoma. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State lead all of college football receivers with 18 scores and if he gets one more he will tie former Cowboy Dez Bryant for most touchdowns in a season by an Oklahoma State receiver. However, Arizona can not just focus on Blackmon as the Cowboys have running back Kendall Hunter who was eighth in the nation in running the ball.
As for Arizona they have not won a game since Oct. 30th when they defeated UCLA 29-21. Since then they have lost games against USC, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State. At one point in the year Arizona was a top 10 team and a threat to Oregon, but that was not the case as they fell off the earth the last month. Their offense has the potential to make this game an entertaining shoot out, but for that to happen the Arizona offense will need to score some points instead of just getting yards and no points.
The line on the game is very sporadic depending on where one looks, but the consensus has Oklahoma State as a four to six point favorite.
Now onto the predictions for the game. Before we go on my prediction is that Oklahoma State will roll through Arizona, so who do you got.
Rivals - Each of the five Rivals writers pick Oklahoma State as do 88 percent of Yahoo users in the Pick'em game. So far the Yahoo users are getting about half of the games right.
CBS Sports - Starting to see a patter here with Oklahoma State again getting a clean sweep from CBS Sports.
USA Today -The first Arizona pick comes from USA Today writer Kelly Whitesid, but the other seven take Oklahoma State.
Fanhouse - Brett McMurphy makes his picks by the spread and takes Arizona to cover against Oklahoma State.
AccuScore - The computer sticks with the trend and takes Oklahoma State 69 percent of the time with an average score of 36 to 26.2.
ESPN Bloggers - Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller takes Oklahoma State by six while Big 12 blogger David Ubben takes Oklahoma State by nine.
The Alamo Bowl kicks off at 7:15 p.m. (MT) on ESPN and is taking place at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas.