Valero Alamo Bowl Preview

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffaloes and Cowboys are former Big 12 rivals, but due to divisions in the old 12-team format, these two programs have not played since 2009. The Valero Alamo Bowl (Enter Contest) landed an intriguing matchup with Colorado and Oklahoma State meeting in San Antonio. Both teams were on the doorstep of playing in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Buffaloes are one of the best stories from the 2016 college football season. After winning just 10 games from 2013-15, coach Mike MacIntyre elevated Colorado to a 10-win season and a Pac-12 South title. The Buffaloes are led by a stingy defense, especially in the secondary with underrated cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has made plenty of headlines due to his hairstyle choices this year, but the former quarterback is on the verge of his third 10-win season over the last four years. The pass-catch combination of Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington is a good test for Colorado’s secondary, while freshman Justice Hill and senior Chris Carson provide some punch on the ground. Expect a close (and entertaining game) in the Alamodome on December 29.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (9-3)

This will be the Cowboys’ 11th straight bowl appearance under Gundy, the former Oklahoma State quarterback, and it is also the program’s fourth overall appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The last one came in 2010 (a 36-10 victory over Arizona). In quarterback Mason Rudolph (3,777 yards, 25 touchdown passes), running back Justice Hill (187 carries, 1,042 yards, five TDs) and wide receiver James Washington (62 catches, 1,209 yards, nine TDs), the Cowboys are one of six FBS teams with a 3,500-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver, and are averaging 492.1 yards (17th nationally) and 38.7 points (19th) per game.

Free safety Jordan Sterns (team-most 96 total tackles) and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (12 tackles for loss, six sacks) are the leaders for the Cowboys’ defense, which is surrendering 457.0 yards (108th FBS) and 28.1 points (tied for 65th) per contest but has forced 24 turnovers and ranks ninth nationally with a plus-10 turnover differential.

ABOUT COLORADO (10-3)

The Buffaloes are vying to become the fourth team in program history to win 11 games, and keeping record-setting senior quarterback Sefo Liufau (2,171 passing yards, 496 rushing, 18 total TDs) healthy will be a key as he was battling injuries and/or unable to finish each of the team’s three losses this season, including the Pac-12 title game. Running back Phillip Lindsay (230 carries, 1,189 yards, 16 TDs) and wide receiver Shay Fields (52 receptions, 845 yards, nine TDs) top the list of Liufau’s primary weapons with Colorado averaging 32.8 points (tied for 43rd FBS) and 446.3 yards (43rd) per outing.

Led by linebacker Kenneth Olugbode (105 total tackles), linebacker Jimmie Gilbert (10.5 sacks) and safety Tedric Thompson (seven interceptions), Colorado ranks in the top 20 nationally in total defense (328.3 yards allowed), scoring (20.5 points) and passing defense (182.5) while also recording 26 takeaways (tied for seventh nationally), but veteran defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is getting a sizable raise to take the same position at Oregon and likely won’t coach in the bowl game.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you one of the oldest college playoff tradition – Allstate Sugar Bowl game preview featuring Ole Miss against Oklahoma State. This will also prove to be an exciting game… but the winning laurels will be had by Ole Miss; defeating Oklahoma State 33-24. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com.

After a humbling defeat a year ago in the postseason, Ole Miss looks to make amends when it takes on Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 in New Orleans. The Rebels absorbed a 42-3 loss in last season’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against TCU and now must contend with another talented team from the Big 12. The Cowboys started 10-0 and had hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff before ending the regular season with back-to-back losses.

Ole Miss junior defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche – the team’s best defensive player – fell 15 feet twice from a window in mid-December and had to be hospitalized. The team announced Dec. 20 that Nkemdiche, who was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession following the incident, will be suspended for the bowl game. “I have learned a valuable lesson in the last week, and I look forward to showing NFL personnel that this is not representative of my true character,” said Nkemdiche, who announced he will enter the NFL draft, where he likely will be a top-10 pick. “I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and Rebel Nation for their support these past three years, and I look forward to making them proud for years to come.”

Oklahoma State has some injury issues of its own with quarterback Mason Rudolph employing a walking boot on his right foot with the bowl game less than two weeks away. Still, coach Mike Gundy seems to be unconcerned about the status of Rudolph and two of his weapons, tight end Blake Jarwin (ribs) and fullback Jeremy Seaton (undisclosed). Rudolph led the Big 12 with 57 passes of 20 yards or more and finished his sophomore regular season with 3,591 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

OKLAHOMA STATE Season Overview (10-2, 7-2 Big 12): The Cowboys rank in the top 10 nationally in passing yards (seventh) and points per game (ninth). They have tons of weapons on offense, but sophomore wide receiver James Washington (52 catches, 1,077 yards, 10 touchdowns) is the best of the bunch. Oklahoma State’s running game is relatively mediocre with only Chris Carson (504 yards) having amassed more than 300 and the team averaging just 3.7 yards per carry.

OLE MISS Season Overview (9-3, 6-2 SEC): The Rebels’ offense is centered around dynamic receiver Laquon Treadwell (76 catches, 1,082 yards, eight TDs), who had found the end zone in six straight games prior to a quiet day against Mississippi State to end the regular season. Chad Kelly threw 27 touchdowns during the year, including three in a signature win against Alabama back in September. A one-point overtime loss to a strong Arkansas team is the only thing separating Ole Miss from entering the postseason on a five-game winning streak.

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Baylor Bears versus Oklahoma St Cowboys College Football Fantasy Picks 11-21-2015

A nice one is scheduled from the Big 12 conference on Saturday November 21st as the Oklahoma St Cowboys will be hosting the Baylor Bears. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to FOX TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Oklahoma St Cowboys have a lot at stake in their next two games. The team is a perfect 10-0 and has two heavyweights left in Baylor on Saturday along with Oklahoma in two weeks following their bye week. The home team has dominated this series the past five seasons and have put up 41 or greater points in each of their wins. The Cowboys survived a close call last week in their come from behind victory at Iowa St by the score of 35-31. Oklahoma St had to bounce back from a 24-7 deficit in the second quarter. At issues for the Cowboys was their defense against the run as the Hawkeyes were able to gain 249 rushing yards for 6.6 yards a carry. Oklahoma St tightened up their defense in the second half in their victory by allowing just a touchdown to Iowa St in the second half of play. The team has had some close calls with four games decided by four points or less at the end of regulation time. Cowboys are seventh ranked in scoring on the season as they push across 43.6 points per game on the season.

Baylor has to overcome the heartbreak of a single loss as the team was defeated last week at home to Oklahoma 44-34. The loss most likely will keep the Bears out of any playoff discussion for the remainder of the season. Turnovers were a factor in the loss as the team committed three for the game and forced none from the Sooners. They faced a hot Oklahoma team who hadn’t lost since early in the year to Texas. Baylor has the style points on offense as the team is first in total and scoring offense from college football. They put up 637 yards along with 54.8 points per game on the season. Defensively the Bears have allowed over 40 points just once and it came last week in their loss to Oklahoma.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback has been inserted into the starting lineup with the season long injury to Seth Russell. Stidham is completing 71.6% of his throws for 1007 yards with 11 touchdowns and 2 picks. He has seen significant action as a starter in two games. The team is 1-1 scoring 31 points in a win at Kansas St and losing last week 44-34 at home to Oklahoma. In the loss to the Sooners the freshman QB hit on 59.3% of his throws for 257 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Linwood has carried the football 155 times on the year with 1149 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. He has eight catches out of the backfield for 56 yards and a touchdown. He had 21 carries for 103 yards last week. Linwood has no rushing touchdowns in his past two games.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The Bears junior wide out leads the team with 61 receptions for 1229 yards with 20 touchdowns. Last week in the loss to Oklahoma, Coleman had a season low three receptions for 51 yards. Two weeks ago he caught 11 balls for 216 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas St.

Oklahoma St QB:

Mason Rudolph

The Cowboys sophomore quarterback is hitting on 64.4% of his throws for 3161 yards with 18 touchdowns and 8 picks. He had a single touchdown throw last week at Iowa St as he threw for 327 yards. Two weeks ago at home to TCU Rudolph completed five touchdown passes.

Oklahoma St RB:

Chris Carson

Carson leads Oklahoma St with 108 carries on the season as he has rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

Oklahoma St WR:

James Washington

The sophomore wide out has been efficient catching 40 balls for 820 yards with seven touchdowns. Washington is averaging 20.5 yards per reception.

College Football Fantasy Money League Picks

QB: Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma St)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor)

WR: James Washington (Oklahoma St)

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