NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) No.13 Oregon State and No. 23 Texas will clash in for the Alamo Bowl in what is to be the highlight of in the college football bowl games on Saturday.
Oregon State (9-3) had a very productive season – winning six more games than they did a year ago, which helped to set them up to place in their first bowl game since 2009. They were beaten by BYU in the MAACO Bowl.
The game in San Antonio will see Oregon State fielding a side that took some punishment last year, but head coach Mike Riley, who has a 5-1 record in bowl games says his team benefited from the poor season, as it game his young talents to develop the hard way.
“It was really just a combination of two very simple things, but not easy to accomplish obviously,” Riley was quoted as saying.
“The fact that we had some good, young, talented players, and they had a very good offseason. They stayed together, worked out together, had great intentions.
“So just development and hard work put together I think were the key elements in getting better.”
Texas head coach Mack Brown is delighted to be back in bowl action, following questions over his job security.
“It’s a reward when you go to a bowl game. You get 13 extra practices, which is nearly a spring practice, to improve, especially with your young guys,” said Brown at his press conference.
“We think we’ve already accomplished that. And you always like to win your last game. Mike [Riley] and I have done it both ways. f you lose the last one, it motivates you to get ready to go to spring and you’ve got more to prove.
“And if you win the last one you feel like you’re on a high and you finished really well, like we did against Cal last year, and it takes momentum in the spring.
“But as coaches, what you got to do is do the best that you can do to win the game, and if you don’t you manage it and if you do you manage it and you move forward.
Meanwhile, at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Rice and Air Force will match talents for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, while the action at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx will see West Virginia against home supported side Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe.
It’s Navy vs. Arizona State for the Kraft Fight Hunger, with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game seen TCU tackling Michigan State.
College Football Bowl TV Schedule For Dec. 29
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces – Rice vs. Air Force
Place: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Saturday, December 29, 11:45 a.m.