Alamo Bowl Continued:
After a disappointing showing against Oregon, Oregon State just whooped Nicholls State 77-3. After going 3-9 in 2011, Oregon State went 9-3 with impressive wins against UCLA and Wisconsin. Texas will make the 1 hour drive south on Interstate 35 to San Antonio after they fell short of their goal to get back to a BCS bowl. While that dream seemed far fetched, how much disappointment will the players feel by not playing in a BCS Bowl? How much effort can we expect out of Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor who are trying to be first round picks in next year’s NFL Draft? Oregon State is the higher ranked team and the team with more motivation to win this game. The Longhorns have a lot to gain by winning this game, but do the players believe that?
Liberty Bowl (December 31st; ESPN)
Iowa State Vs. Tulsa
This is a rematch of the season opening game for the Cyclones. Iowa State won the first game 38-23. Now when you play a team a second time, the team that lost the previous game usually keeps the game closer, even wins the second game. Paul Rhoads will have his team ready to go, but can the Cyclones stop the Tulsa offense? Tulsa jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first quarter against the Cyclones in Ames. After that, the Cyclones outscores the Golden Hurricanes 31-7. Tulsa will be looking to prove that it can play with the big boys of college football. I think this game will be closer than people will predict it to be and I wouldn’t have a ton of confidence in picking this game.
Check back tomorrow for Part 3 of the Big 12 Bowl Preview when we preview the Cotton, Fiesta and Heart of Dallas Bowls. On Thursday, we will be making our prediction of the Big 12 bowls that the Texas Longhorns will not be participating in.