Get ready to head south before the New Year’s holiday. The No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3, 8-2 Pac-12) will play against Big 12 runner-up, No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 9-1 Big 12) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. (5 p.m. MT, ESPN)
The two schools have a deep history with Colorado being in the Big 12 conference prior to the 2010 season. The last meeting between the Buffaloes and Cowboys was in 2009 and CU holds an advantage over OSU with a 26-19-1 record all-time.
Colorado’s last trip to the Alamo was in 2002 resulted in a 31-28 overtime loss vs. Wisconsin. Badgers’ quarterback Brooks Bollinger had three touchdowns and 163 yards passing pushing Wisconsin past CU.
The Buffs lost 41-10 in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday night against the No. 4 Washington Huskies (12-1, 9-1 Pac-12), who advanced to the College Football Playoff against No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0, 9-0 SEC) in the Peach Bowl (1 p.m. MT, ESPN).
No. 2 Clemson Tigers (12-1, 8-1 ACC) won the ACC Championship over Virginia Tech and meet the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) in the Fiesta Bowl (5 p.m. MT ESPN) on New Year’s Eve, rounding out the four-team playoff.
Penn State got no love from the playoff committee after defeating No. X Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship and were left out of the final teams competing for a national championship in favor of Ohio State. The Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes 24-21 in week eight, but suffered two early season losses against Pittsburgh and Michigan that discouraged the playoff committee.
"We just won the toughest conference in college football, it’s up to you the committee," Penn State coach James Franklin said after winning the Big Ten championship.
The 12-person committee once again inserted Ohio State into the playoff over another well-deserving team. The last time was in 2014 with Big 12 teams Baylor and TCU being left out for the Buckeyes.
The first bowl bid in nine years for Colorado, losing 30-24 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2007 Independence Bowl.
New Years Day Bowl Games
Orange Bowl: No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State Dec. 30 (6 p.m. MT, ESPN)
Peach Bowl (CFB Playoff Semifinal): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Washington (1 p.m. MT, ESPN)
Fiesta Bowl (CFB Playoff Semifinal): No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State (5 p.m. MT, ESPN)
Cotton Bowl: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin Jan. 2 (11 a.m. MT, ABC)
Rose Bowl: No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State Jan. 2 (3 p.m. MT, ESPN)
Sugar Bowl: No. Auburn vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2 (6:30 PM MT, ESPN)
USC was picked to play in the Rose Bowl ahead of Colorado due to the head-to-head loss for Buffaloes.
The payoff for the Alamo Bowl is set at a record $3.825 Million.