Valero Alamo Bowl: Iowa State vs. Washington State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, December 28
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Iowa State (8-4) vs. Washington State (10-2) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Valero Alamo Bowl
– Okay, Washington State. Go all Washington State and be fun. The Cougars got hit with the horrible break of having to play in the snow against Washington in the biggest game of the season. But when the conditions were right, this was one of the sharpest, best teams in college football with the high-flying offense and enough of a defense to have won the Pac-12 title … if it didn’t snow. Maybe. This is the game to prove that the team really was that good.
– Okay, Iowa State. Go all Iowa State and be nasty. There was the barely-showed-up 27-24 close call against Drake to close out the regular season, but this has been a versatile team that can get into shootouts, grind it out, and do everything in between. This is a fabulously coached team with a slew of good offensive weapons and a defense to have held up just fine in the Big 12. The team will be jacked to be in this big stage game.
– When the Alamo Bowl is on, it’s usually among the best games of the entire post-season. Last year, TCU won a 39-37 thriller, and in the 2016 version – the first one played in January – it was a 47-41 triple overtime TCU win over Oregon that might be on the short list of the most underappreciated bowl games ever. There have been a few clunkers – like the December 2016 Oklahoma State 38-8 win over Colorado – but ten of the last 12 have either been close, or wild and crazy shootouts.