Each week there are several new teams featured in the media projections for the 2021 Valero Alamo Bowl.
Previously, Arizona State and #11 Oklahoma State were consistent picks to be this year’s Pac-12 and Big 12 representatives but things have changed. The Sun Devils (5-3) have lost their last two games, moving them down and the Cowboys are 7-1 and currently picked to play in a CFP game.
That has resulted in Utah (ranked first in the Pac-12 South) and #12 Baylor (whose only loss this season is to Oklahoma State) as this week’s most popular media picks.
Team Selection Notes
The Valero Alamo Bowl has the #1 selection from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences after the CFP.
The CFP host bowls will take a second team from either conference if their top teams finishing ranked #1-4. That means if the season ended today, #4 Oregon would play in a semifinal game at either the Goodyear Cotton Bowl or Capital One Orange Bowl and Utah would go to the Rose Bowl. While Oklahoma is now ranked #8, they could win out, make the Top 4 and the Allstate Sugar Bowl would select the next highest ranked Big 12 team.
This Week’s Games (all times in CST)
Utah @ Stanford- 11/5, 9:30 PM
California @ Arizona- 11/6, 2 PM
Oregon State @ Colorado- 11/6, 6 PM
Oregon @ Washington- 11/6, 6:30 PM
USC @ Arizona State- 11/6, 9:30 PM
Kansas State @ Kansas- 11/6, 11 AM
Baylor @ TCU- 11/6, 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State @ West Virginia- 11/6, 2:30 PM
Texas @ Iowa State- 11/6, 6:30 PM
This Saturday, the Valero Alamo Bowl will be sending representatives to the USC @ Arizona State and Texas @ Iowa State games.