Amazingly, the Buckeyes are only 4 1/2-point favorites over the Huskies, but we'll see how that plays out in Pasadena - I'm not so sure I'd bet against Chris Petersen with a month to prepare for a big game. With graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Cougars lead the country in passing yards per game (379.8).
"We are not happy with where we're ranked, but we're ecstatic to be in the Alamo Bowl".
With the University of Oklahoma playing in the College Football Playoff, where the Sooners will play Alabama, and the University of Texas being selected to a New Year's Six bowl, where the Longhorns will play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, the next-highest bowl selection for the Big 12 was the Alamo Bowl. The Riverwalk is terrific, the weather will probably be great, but on December 28 when the Alamo Bowl kicks off, I'll still wonder why the Cougs are playing Iowa State, a 10-2 team against an 8-4 team. "I want to congratulate our team and our coaching staff for earning our program's ninth straight bowl appearance".
Mississippi State is heading back to the Sunshine State for a New Year's Day bowl game. At No. 18, MSU was the sixth-highest ranked Southeastern Conference team in the final College Football Playoff rankings released on Sunday. Their other loss was to USC. "I have always had tremendous respect for Coach Ferentz and his Iowa teams". With the exciting season we had, fans will have to sit back and fume as WSU takes on Iowa State on December 28 in San Antonio, Texas.
Washington still won the Pac-12 for the second time in three years.
For the Huskies, they won the Pac 12 championship game by defeating Utah to finish the regular season at 10-3.
Seven teams in total from the Pac-12 will play in a bowl game with Washington headlining the conference bids as the Huskies will play No. 6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on January 1. "We look forward to a great week". There was one other time that I thought we were going, and we didn't.
"We get to get out of this weather here and put some shorts on", Butler said with a smile.
I'm disappointed in the Cougars' consolation prize, and I never thought I'd say that about a postseason game in San Antonio.
Ohio State 33, Washington 14.
"There was a really good buzz around our facility today, a lot of excitement", Cyclone head coach Matt Campbell said. This will be their 16th overall appearance in the Rose Bowl game, however, it's their first since 2001, when they defeated Drew Brees and the Purdue Boilermakers.