One of the most prolific offenses in college football squares off against a team known for using its defensive play to record upsets in Friday’s Alamo Bowl.
Washington State’s pass-first attack goes up against an Iowa State program that no one enjoys playing, especially the top dogs of the Big 12.
Landing in the Alamo Bowl was a disappointment for the Cougars, who were knocked out of the New Year’s Six with a loss in the Apple Cup to Washington. IowaStatevsWashingtonState.
Based off their play against the best teams in the Big 12, the Cyclones stand a chance of at least slowing down Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew.
Alamo Bowl Information :
Date: Friday, December 28
Time: 9 p.m. ET
The Alamo Bowl features a contrast in how both teams operate with the ball in their possession.
Washington State’s Gardner Minshew ranks second in the FBS in passing yards with 4,477 to go along with his 36 touchdown passes.
When the Cougars have the ball, Minshew will be trusted to make the big plays, like he has throughout his lone season with the program.
Mike Leach’s team spends the majority of its time on offense with Minshew directing traffic, and it shows, as the Cougars rank 129th out of 130 FBS teams in rushing offense.
As you’d expect, Minshew has a plethora of options to look for when he drops back, including Dezmon Patmon, Davontavean Martin and Easop Winston.
The Cyclones will try to keep up with the Cougars, but they won’t be able to inside the Alamodome.
With the victory, Washington State not only finishes the season on a high note, but it also records a vital bowl win for the Pac-12, who is 1-10 over the last two postseasons.
Minshew finishes with over 300 yards and at least three touchdown passes to allow the over to hit while the Cougars cover the spread.