Media Bowl Projections

Which two Top 25 teams will take the field at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 in San Antonio?

The Media Projections after some results in Week 10 competition have remained consistent with some new teams in the mix.

USC (6-4), currently in second place in the Pac-12 South standings, and #13 Baylor (9-0) are this week’s most popular media picks to play in the 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl.

#7 Utah (8-1), Washington (6-4) and #6 Oregon (8-1) are also popular picks this week.

In the Big 12, the media’s favorites after Baylor are #24 Kansas State (6-3) along with #19 Texas (6-3).

Media Projections after Week 11:

ESPN: (Kyle Bonagura) USC vs. Baylor

ESPN: (Mark Schlabach) USC vs. Texas

247 Sports:  Washington vs. Kansas State

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Utah vs. Kansas State

Sporting News (Bill Bender):  USC vs. Baylor

Bleacher Report: USC vs. Texas

Stadium (Brett McMurphy): Oregon vs. Texas

Sports Illustrated (Michael Shapiro): USC vs. Texas

The Athletic (Stewart Mandel): Washington vs. Baylor

USA Today: USC vs. Baylor

College Football News: Washington vs. Baylor

Athlon Sports: Washington vs. Baylor

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To help you guess this year’s match-up, consider these numbers:

14: The average school ranking for a Valero Alamo Bowl participant the last 5 years.

11: The average number of wins for the Valero Alamo Bowl Champion the last five years.

Remember this is the sixth straight year Valero Alamo Bowl will feature the #1 selections from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences after the College Football Playoff selections.

For 2019, the winners of the Pac-12 and Big 12 Championship games will head to the Rose and Sugar bowls, respectively, unless they finish ranked in the Top 4 of the final CFP Poll. Then they will move to a semifinal game and the second-place team will move into their normal Rose or Sugar bowl slot.

The Cotton Bowl could also host a Pac-12 or Big 12 team as an at-large selection by the CFP this year to play the highest ranked Group of 5 teams. This is a possibility especially if a highly ranked Big 12 or Pac-12 loses its Championship game and stays in the Top 10 in the final CFP rankings.

The previous five Valero Alamo Bowl match-ups were:

  • 2014: #14 UCLA 40 vs. #11 Kansas State 35
  • 2015: #11 TCU 47 vs. #15 Oregon 31 (3OT)
  • 2016: #12 Oklahoma State 38 vs. #10 Colorado 8
  • 2017: #15 TCU 39 vs. #13 Stanford 37
  • 2018: #14 Washington State 28 vs. #24 Iowa State 26

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