2018 Alamo Bowl: No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State
Founded in 1993, the Alamo Bowl is a biggie in the college football postseason landscape, scheduling the No. 1 Big 12 team against the No. 1 Pac-12 team after the College Football Playoff choices. The 2018 edition pits No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State. The Big 12 holds a 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS advantage in eight head-to-head tussles against Pac opponents.
Results Last 20 Years
|1999||Penn St.||Texas A&M||24-0||-7||N/A||W||N/A|
|2004||Ohio St.||Oklahoma St.||33-7||3.5||N/A||W||N/A|
|2007||Penn St.||Texas A&M||24-17||-5.5||51.5||W||U|
|2009||Texas Tech||Michigan St.||41-31||-7.5||59.5||W||O|
Alamo Bowl Key Betting Numbers (Since 1998 Unless Noted)
Average Victory Margin: 12.9
Average Line: -2.4
Favorite ATS: 10-10
Average Total: 62.4 (since 2006)
O/U Record: 6-6 (since 2006)
O/U Margin: 1.3
Largest Underdog Upset: Purdue (+13) 37, Kansas State 34 (1998)
Largest Spread: Oregon -15 (2013)
Largest Rout: Nebraska 66, Northwestern 17 (2000)
Alamo Bowl Summary & Trends
The game winner is 17-3 ATS, covering a -2.4 average spread by 10.5 points per game.
Ranked Big 12 teams are 9-1 SU in their last 10 Alamo Bowls.
The winner averages 35.4 points.
Since 2004, the team averaging more passing yards for the season has claimed victory in 11 of 14 contests. Washington State tosses for 379.8 yards per game, as opposed to 241.6 for Iowa State.
Conference H2H: Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Since the formation of the Pac-12 in 2011, the Big 12 is 17-12 SU (58.6 percent) and 17-11-1 ATS (60.7 percent) in head-to-head clashes, going off a 0.7 average underdog. The biggest difference occurs in bowl games. The Big 12 is 12-4 SU and 9-7 ATS, winning by 4.3 points per contest. Three of four victories for the Pac-12 came when laying 7 points or more on the college football oddsboard.
No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS)
Bowl Record: 4-9 SU, 5-4 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Matt Campbell (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS)
In three bowl games coaching Toledo and one at Iowa State, Matt Campbell tends to score early and often. He averages 20.8 points before the half, as opposed to 14.4 in the final two quarters.
Iowa State vs. Pac-12
SU Record: 0-0
Average Margin: 0
ATS Record: 0-0
Average Line: 0
This is Iowa State’s first tussle with a Pac-12 or Pac-10 team since at least 1980.
No. 13 Washington State (10-2 SU, 9-3 ATS)
Bowl Record: 6-7 SU, 6-6 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Mike Leach (6-7 SU, 4-9 ATS)
Including the latter half of his coaching career at Texas Tech, Mike Leach has failed to cover the spread in seven of his last eight bowl games. Overall, Leach is 1-6 SU and ATS in bowl games with a line in-between 5 points on the college football oddsboard. The Air Raid guru musters just 24.1 points per game under these conditions.
Washington State vs. Big 12 (since 1980)
SU Record: 4-9
Average Margin: -11.3
ATS Record: 6-7
Average Line: 6.6
Washington State has dropped two of three against Big 12 foes as the betting favorite, including one as a 14-point favorite.