Iowa State Vs. Washington State: Alamo Bowl History & Betting Trends

Monday, December 17, 2018 4:07 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 4:07 PM UTC

The Big 12 and Pac-12 Coaches of the Year clash in the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl as Matt Campbell leads the No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones against Mike Leach's No. 13 Washington State Huskies. Key numbers for the matchup here. 

2018 Alamo Bowl: No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State

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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
Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS O/U
1998 Purdue Kansas St. 37-34 13 N/A W N/A
1999 Penn St. Texas A&M 24-0 -7 N/A W N/A
2000 Nebraska Northwestern 66-17 -14.5 N/A W N/A
2001 Iowa Texas Tech 19-16 -1 N/A W N/A
2002 Wisconsin Colorado 31-28 7.5 N/A W N/A
2003 Nebraska Michigan State 17-3 -3 N/A W N/A
2004 Ohio St. Oklahoma St. 33-7 3.5 N/A W N/A
2005 Nebraska Michigan 32-28 10 N/A W N/A
2006 Texas Iowa 26-24 -9 53.5 L U
2007 Penn St. Texas A&M 24-17 -5.5 51.5 W U
2008 Missouri Northwestern 30-23 -13 66 L U
2009 Texas Tech Michigan St. 41-31 -7.5 59.5 W O
2010 Oklahoma St. Arizona 36-10 -5.5 66 W U
2011 Baylor Washington 67-56 -9.5 80 W O
2012 Texas Oregon St. 31-27 2.5 57 W O
2013 Oregon Texas 30-7 -15 68 W U
2014 UCLA Kansas St. 40-35 -1 60.5 W O
2015 TCU Oregon 47-41 7 73.5 W O
2016 Oklahoma St. Colorado 38-8 3 63 W U
2017 TCU Stanford 39-37 -2.5 50 L 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.

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No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Seasons: 121
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)

Seasons: 99
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.

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