Red-Hot Capper Has An Early Lean On Oklahoma St. Over Colorado - Valero Alamo Done

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Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:26 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 4:26 PM UTC

The Alamo Bowl matchup between Colorado and Oklahoma State is still more than 2 weeks away. However, that doesn’t stop Ross Benjamin from providing us with an insightful betting preview on this contest. He also shares one of his early picks.

Ross Benjamin’s 2016 College Football Bowl Record at SBR is an incredible 49-24 ATS (67.1%), and includes last Saturday’s outright underdog winner on Army +6.5 over Navy.

Valero Alamo Bowl Odds, Analysis, Pick: Colorado vs. Oklahoma State

The #10 Colorado Buffaloes and #12 Oklahoma State Cowboys will lock horns in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl. The game will take place on Thursday 12/29 in San Antonio, Texas. The opening kickoff is slated for 9:00 PM ET and it will be televised by ESPN. This will be the first meeting between these 2 schools on the gridiron since 2009 when Colorado was part of the Big 12 Conference.

At the time of this writing (12/12), college football betting odds at displays Colorado as a 3.5-point favorite, and there’s a posted total of 63.0. Bookmaker is currently offering new customers 50% cash bonuses on all initial deposits of up to $300.

Disappointing Finishes for Both Teams

Oklahoma State played in what amounted to the Big 12 Championship game during its regular season finale at Oklahoma. Granted, there’s technically no conference title game in the Big 12. However, those bitter in-state rivals were tied for the conference lead headed into that contest. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State, they came up on the short end of a 38-20 final score and failed to cover as a 12.0-point road underdog. Furthermore, that defeat ended a 7-game Oklahoma State winning streak, and they finished with a still stellar 9-3 regular season record.

Colorado (10-3) played in its first ever PAC-12 Championship game against #4 Washington during its last outing. Nevertheless, the Buffaloes didn’t acquit themselves very well at all and were blown out 41-10. Colorado held out hopes of being invited to the Rose Bowl, but the committee opted for USC instead. Although USC finished 9-3, and failed to get to the conference title game, they finished the regular season on an 8-game winning streak and defeated Colorado 21-17 during an October meeting.

Final Analysis and Pick

Ordinarily, I’d emphatically forecast a team like Colorado being unmotivated and flat in a bowl game considering what they recently endured. After all, they were crushed in their final game and then snubbed from being invited to a more prestigious bowl. That very well may still be the case. Nonetheless, we’re talking about a football program which had gone a combined 14-48 from the start of 2011 through 2015. It’s not like they’ve been used to the degree of success attained in 2016.

Oklahoma State will be out to atone for a poor performance during their 48-20 lopsided loss to Mississippi in the 2016 Sugar Bowl. As opposed to Colorado, Oklahoma State has become accustomed to success and has gone 102-50 (.671) during the past 13 seasons under current head coach Mike Gundy. As a matter of fact, the Cowboys are an even more impressive 92-38 (.708) during the past 11 years, and each one of those campaigns will and have ended with a bowl appearance.

At this very early juncture, my lean is the underdog in the Alamo Bowl, and they’ll be one of my college football bowl game predictions.

Free College Football Pick: Oklahoma State +3.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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