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College Football Betting Online: Celebrating its silver anniversary in 2017, the Alamo Bowl has delivered some of the best matchups of the college football bowl season. Getting its pick of the top teams from powerhouse conferences Pac-12 and Big 12, the game has featured at least one team ranked in the top-25 in 20 of previous 24 events and both teams were ranked in five of the last nine Alamo Bowl games, including each of the past three. We likely will have another ranked matchup with both conferences expected to be strong once again.
The 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The game will be televised on ESPN with a 9 p.m. ET kickoff.
Alamo Bowl Odds at BookMaker.eu
Stanford Cardinals +2.5
TCU Horned Frogs -2.5
Keep an eye on the backfield in this game. Both teams’ have interesting storylines going on behind the QB.
For Stanford, Bryce Love was great all year. The Heisman Trophy candidate rushed for 1,973 yards, but will he follow in Christian McCaffrey’s shoes and sit out the bowl game? Assuming he doesn’t, Love is the key to the Stanford offense.
Love has gotten little help in the backfield. Primary backup Cameron Scarlett has carried the ball 86 times to Love’s 237. He’s also averaged half as many yards per carry. Love has 17 rushing touchdowns; the rest of the team has 12.
In the air, the Cardinals have used both K.J. Costello and Keller Chryst, getting the same basically mediocrity out of both.
TCU has been a great under bet all year and a defense averaging 17.6 PPG is a big reason why. The Stanford offense doesn’t match up well with Texas Christian either. The Horned Frogs’ rush defense is fourth in the nation. They’re much more susceptible to the pass than the run.
Offensively, there’s a chance Darius Anderson may be back in time for this bowl. He missed the season, but would instantly be a major threat if he’s available and healthy. He’s still the team leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The offense took a major hit when he went down.
Under center, Kenny Hill hasn’t amassed a huge number of passing yards, but he’s been quietly effective for a team that ranks much higher in actual scoring than in total yards. In the end, it’s the scoring that matters.
Hill’s an accurate passer with a 67.2-percent completion rate and 21 touchdowns to only six interceptions.
Alamo Bowl Format
Sticking with a grass roots effort, the Alamo Bowl originally gave an automatic bid to a team from the Southwest Conference, which had most of its members based in Texas. For the inaugural game, however, the SWC didn’t qualify enough teams and organizers invited the Iowa Hawkeyes to compete against Cal in the first-ever tilt on December 31, 1993.
After the SWC disbanded in 1996, the bowl reached an agreement with the Big 12 Conference, which remains in place today. Four former SWC teams joined the Big 8 for the 1996 season forming the new power conference. For the next 14 years a Big 12/Big Ten matchup was featured at the Alamo Bowl with at least one top-25 team competing, and four times both teams were nationally ranked in the AP poll.
Organizers reached in agreement with the then Pac-10 Conference in 2009 to replace the Big Ten. Since the 2010 season playing, the Pac-12 has sent its second-choice to the Alamo Bowl with the Big 12 sending its third. The game has been such a success that agreements were reached with both conferences extending their affiliation with the Alamo Bowl to 2025.
Alamo Bowl Game Results
Since its inception the Alamo Bowl has struck oil. Having two heavyweight conferences send a competing team in the first few years, which also happened to be close to home – except for the initial contest – was more than organizers could ask for. And now, the game pits top teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences.
For the first time in its history three top-15 matchups have been played over the past three seasons, making the Alamo Bowl one of the more intriguing bowl games, at least to fans in the western part of the United State. Having its pick of teams after the CFP, the Alamo Bowl hasn’t experienced a problem getting teams from the agreed upon conferences, and having ties to its part of Texas, the Big 12 has helped the game attract nearly 60,000 fans annually.
The 2011 matchup between Baylor and Washington produced one of the highest scoring bowl games in history. Behind that season’s Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the Bears held on for a 67-56 win. The 2015 season game saw a three-overtime thriller between No. 11 TCU and No. 15 Oregon. The Horned Frogs fell behind 31-0 at halftime but turned the tables in the second half, holding the Ducks scoreless after quarterback Vernon Adams left with an injury.
It was one of three and the last Alamo Bowl game to be played in January, which typically has a playing date in the end of December. The 2017 game will be played on Thursday, December 28 in the 65,000-seat Alamodone.
Most All-Time Wins at Alamo Bowl
2000, 2003, 2005
The Big 12 has sent a representative to the Alamo Bowl each year since the conference was created in 1996 and owns an 11-10 record. The Big Ten’s affiliation ran from 1995 to 2009, but the Iowa Hawkeyes, along with Oklahoma State, have appeared in the most games. Iowa played in the inaugural contest as an at-large team after the SWC failed to supply a bowl-eligible representative.
Nebraska won a bowl record three games while a member of the Big 12. It’s unlikely we’ll see the Cornhuskers add to that total after they moved to the Big Ten.
After losing the Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma in 2002, the Colorado Buffaloes played in their first Alamo Bowl. Ranked No. 14 at the time, the Buffs were upset 31-28 in the bowl’s first overtime contest. Colorado returned as a member of the Pac-12 for last season’s game, losing 38-8 to Oklahoma State. The Buffs were ranked No. 10 and the Cowboys No. 12, pitting the two highest ranked opponents against each other in the bowls 24-year history.
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