UPDATE: It’s official.
Arizona will play Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Says Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne: “We know that with our strong Arizona connections to Texas, as well as a program like OSU on the other side, that there will be a lot of support from the University of Arizona family.”
The Alamo Bowl will be held Dec. 29 in San Antonio, beginning at 7 p.m. Tucson time.
The matchup is a bit awkward. The teams will meet in the second game of next season in Stillwater, meaning they will play each other twice in a three-game span.
Coach Mike Gundy’s Cowboys are 10-2 and finished 14th in the BCS standings.
The programs haven’t met since 1942, with the series tied at 3.
Quick thoughts on the matchup: Arizona’s secondary better come to play.
Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is the nation’s leading receiver (102 catches for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns). Just today, I voted for him to win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wideout. He has had 11 consecutive 100-yard receiving games.
With Blackmon, All-Big 12 running back Kendall Hunter and 27-year-old former minor-league pitcher Brandon Weeden (4,037 passing yards, a school-record 32 touchdowns), this will be another supreme test for the Arizona defense, which didn’t hold up well against the high-powered offenses such of Oregon and Stanford.
The Cowboys have set several school records for offense, including points (539) and total offense (6,451 yards).
Here’s a stat for you: Oklahoma State, which installed a new spread offense before the season, leads the nation in total offense, averaging 537.58 yards per game. Over the course of 12 games, the Cowboys had one more yard than Oregon (6,451 to 6,450).
Oklahoma State is third nationally with 44.92 points per game.