Oklahoma State and Colorado are both looking to finish 2016 strong.
The No. 10 Buffaloes (10-3) face the No. 12 Cowboys (9-3) in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night. Both teams seek to rebound after losing a chance at a conference championship in their regular-season finales.
The Cowboys can clinch their third 10-win season in four years with a victory. Colorado, meanwhile, is looking for its first 11-win campaign since its national championship season in 1990.
Here’s everything you need to know about Oklahoma State-Colorado.
Oklahoma State vs. Colorado game time, details
Time: 9 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Thursday, Dec. 29
Location: The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Weather: Game indoors; 47 degrees and cloudy outside the stadium
The line: Colorado is favored by 3 points.
What TV channel is the Alamo Bowl on?
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
How can I watch the Alamo Bowl online?
You can watch the game online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to the Alamo Bowl on the radio?
You can listen to the game on Sirius/XM channel 80. Dave Hunziker will be on the call on 93.7 FM (KSPI) in Stillwater and 96.1 FM (KXXY) in Oklahoma City. A full list of Oklahoma State radio affiliates can be found here. For Colorado fans, Mark Johnson will be calling the game on 850 AM (KOA) in Boulder and Denver. A full list of Colorado radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Adam Amin (play-by-play), Mack Brown (color analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline reporter)
Keys to the game
1. Will James Washington get loose?
Oklahoma State WR James Washington has been electric in 2016, racking up 1,209 receiving yards. He averages 19.5 yards per catch, and his ability to create big plays downfield sets up so much of what Oklahoma State’s offense does. The Buffaloes have a strong pass defense though. If they can limit Washington, the Cowboys could struggle. In Oklahoma State’s three losses, Washington averaged 4.3 receptions for 69.3 yards and failed to score a touchdown.
2. Can Colorado keep Sefo Liufau upright?
Senior QB Sefo Liufau has dictated the course of Colorado’s season. When he’s been on the field and healthy, the Buffaloes have been very efficient in the passing game. Meanwhile, Colorado’s two most lopsided losses (at Michigan, Washington) both came when Liufau was injured. The Buffaloes need to keep him clean to have success moving the ball.
3. Who can get a crucial turnover?
Both teams are in the top 25 in turnover margin. Oklahoma State is tied for 11th. Colorado is 25th. In what projects as a pretty evenly matched game, an extra possession could swing the outcome in one team’s favor. As obvious as it sounds, whichever team forces a turnover in a big moment, and possibly gets points from it, will have the better chance of winning.