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Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Colorado: Preview, Betting Trends and Pick

December 29, 2016

On Thursday, December 29, one bowl game in particular jumps off the page and that is the Alamo Bowl where the No 12 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys play the No. 10 ranked Colorado Buffaloes.

Won/Loss Records

Oklahoma State

Overall Record: 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS.

Last 10 games: 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS


Overall Record: 10-3 SU and ATS

Last 10 games: 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS.

These two teams used to be rivals in the Big 12 before Colorado moved to the Pac-12. The majority of sportsbooks and has Colorado as 3-point chalk. On the moneyline, Oklahoma State is +125.

Here are a few facts and trends about this matchup.

Colorado won six straight games to reach the Pac-12 championship game where it lost to Washington. The top victories on the season for the Buffaloes included Stanford, Washington State and Utah. The three were all bowl teams this season.

Colorado’s defense is ranked No. 16 in the nation in total defense, No. 12 against the pass and No. 19 in points allowed.

Oklahoma State is playing in its 11th consecutive bowl game. Last season, the Cowboys lost to Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl 48-20.

OSU has played the role of underdog on five occasions this season. In those five games, the Cowboys were 3-2 straight up and against the spread. Outright wins game against TCU, Kansas State and West Virginia.

Head to head, OSU is 3-1 SU over its past 4 games against Colorado, and is 8-1 SU in its past 9 games versus opponents from the Pac-12.

Betting Trends

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State is 4-0 in its past 4 games following a loss ATS.

Oklahoma State is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games against teams with a record above .500.

Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado is 4-1-1 ATS in its past 6 games against non-conference opponents.

Colorado is 11-3 ATS in its past 14 games played.


Colorado has a lot to prove appearing for the first time in a bowl game since 2004. The Buffaloes would like to end their season on a high note after suffering a big loss in the Pac-12 championship game to Washington. Take Colorado -3.

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