With Washington and Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, simple deduction leaves us with Arizona and Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. The Alamo Bowl got first pick between the two leftover Pac-10 schools, with Stanford and Oregon already in a BCS bowl, and, apparently, chose Arizona. For the Big 12 tie-in, the Alamo Bowl also had the first choice of the leftovers, picking Oklahoma State over Nebraska.
The Alamo Bowl match-up is an intriguing one, but gives of teams heading in different directions. Oklahoma State has been steady all year, only losing to Nebraska and Oklahoma. Arizona, on the other hand, started strong and tapered off as the season wound-down, losing in each of the last four games, capped by a one-point, double overtime loss to Arizona State.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys boast a tough duo of skill position players in Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon. Hunter picked up 1516 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Cowboys on 261 carries. Blackmon, the Big 12 offensive player of the year had an outstanding season, catching 102 passes for 1665 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Arizona and Oklahoma State square-off in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 31.