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December 29, 2010

College Football Bowl Picks - Valero Alamo Bowl:

Valero Alamo Bowl

#14 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5)


9:15 PM, ESPN, Wed. Dec. 29, San Antonio, TX

Why Watch: There really isn’t a good reason not to watch the Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys have been one of college football’s most dominating teams this season, especially on offense where they rank No. 1 in the nation averaging 537.6 total yards a game. For Arizona, who started the season 7-1, a four game losing streak is looking to be snapped.

Who to Watch: I’ve been saying it all season, but watch Arizona senior defensive ends Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed. The Wildcats feature one of the best defensive lines in the country and Elmore and Reed are a big part of why. They rank No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in sacks with 11 and nine and a half, respectively. For the Cowboys, watch Biletnikoff winner, Justin Blackmon. The sophomore led the nation in receiving touchdowns with 18 and has proven to be unstoppable all season long, even against Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara.

How it’s Going Down: I’d like to see the Wildcats put up a bigger fight in this one than they did to end the regular season. In their four game losing stretch, Arizona never scored more than 29 points, what would have been the second fewest of OK State’s season. Although the Wildcats have a tough defense and a tremendous pass rush, the Cowboys have proven all season long it takes an offense just as powerful as their own to stop, or even match up with them. Quarterback Brandon Weeden should continue his destruction. Pick: OK State 41 – Arizona 27

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