No. 12 Oklahoma State will have a chance to renew an old rivalry that goes back to the Big Eight when the Cowboys face No. 10 Colorado in the Alamo Bowl December 29.
That bowl game will match the two highest-ranked teams not in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
“We’re excited about playing in the Alamo Bowl,” said Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We’re playing the 12th ranked team in the nation. It’s going to be a heck of a game. Our kids are excited about playing in that bowl.”
OSU (9-3) last played in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio in 2010. This will be the first game between OSU and Colorado (10-3) since the Buffalos bolted to the Pac-12 Conference. OSU beat Colorado 31-28 in 2009 in Stillwater.
“We’re happy to return for what promises to be an exciting matchup between two top-15 teams,” said OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder. “We have a long history with Colorado and have a great deal of respect for the people there.”
This is the 11th consecutive season in which Oklahoma State will play in a bowl. The Cowboys are 6-4 in the 10 previous bowl games under Gundy. That includes the 2010 Alamo Bowl, a game Oklahoma State won 36-10 over Arizona.
Colorado leads the all-time series between the former conference foes 26-19-1. Gundy was 2-1 against Colorado before it left the Big 12. Oklahoma State also appeared in the Alamo Bowl in 1997 and 2004, losing to Purdue and Ohio State.
“Oklahoma State’s an excellent football team, really high-powered,” MacIntyre said. “Mike (Gundy) has done a great job there. It’s going to be a heck of a football game with a great atmosphere. We’re excited about Colorado going to their first bowl game in 10 years. It’s exciting for us to get the monkey off our back for the bowl games and it’s a lot of fun. Our kids will be excited about it.”
Colorado is upset that they didn’t get a Rose Bowl bid after losing 41-10 to No. 4 Washington in the Pac-12 title game. That invitation went to Southern California and the Buffalos fell to the Alamo Bowl.
The Buffs produced the biggest turnaround in Pac-12 history (from 1-8 to 8-1 in conference play), won a Pac-12 South title, and have already notched only the eighth 10-win season in CU history — with the chance to still become only the fourth Buffs team ever to win 11 games.
“I’m really excited,” said CU tackle Jeromy Irwin. “I haven’t been back to Texas and played a game there since high school. I always play on the West Coast in the Pac-12, so it’s pretty nice to go home.”
OSU had a chance to win the Big 12 championship and get an invitation to the Sugar Bowl but the Cowboys lost to Oklahoma 20-38 Saturday.
Big plays by the Sooners sank the Cowboys.
“I think it’s pretty clear what happened,” Gundy said after the game. “One of the things that I had concerns with coming in was them getting big plays, and that’s what happened. Unfortunately, we played pretty good, in fact maintained some quality drives and had some defensive stands, but they big-played us.
“I was concerned about (Baker) Mayfield and his ability to buy time, move around and sling the ball down the field, and he was able to do that. He’s obviously really good at that. The two running backs together, if those guys can stay fresh, when they work together it’s been an issue.
“Right before half and in the second half, the big plays really got us.”