The oddsmakers in Las Vegas and elsewhere have placed an over-under total of 66 points on Wednesday’s Alamo Bowl between Arizona and Oklahoma State.
For those oblivious to sports gambling, which is a good thing, that means they believe the high-powered offenses of Arizona and Oklahoma State will combine for 66 points. How will those points factor into the final score: Oklahoma State 36, Arizona 30? Arizona 34, Oklahoma State 32?
The Wildcats lost 33-0 last year against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. What are the chances Oklahoma State doubles that with a 66-0 victory in San Antonio? About the same chance UA coach Mike Stoops remains calm and silent on the sideline an entire game?
Depending on what sportsbook you research, the Cowboys, leaders of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense (537.6 yards per game), are favored by 4.5 to 6 points. The Wildcats must contend with the No. 3 scoring team in the nation (44.9 points per game).
More reason to believe this will be a high-scoring affair:
- Arizona quarterback Nick Foles and receiver Juron Criner vs. Oklahoma State counterparts Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon is worth the admission alone.
- Blackmon, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior, has hauled in 102 passes for 1,655 yards while gaining unanimous All-America honors from The Associated Press. He’s scored 20 touchdowns, including an FBS-high 18 on receptions.
- Weeden has completed 67.4 percent of his 470 passes for 4,307 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 6-4, 224-pound junior has thrown only 13 interceptions.
- The 6-5, 245-pound Foles has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,911 yards and 19 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. His reliable go-to guy Criner has 73 catches for 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns.
- The total has gone over in five of Arizona’s last 6 games. The total has also gone over in eight of Oklahoma State’s 12 games.