Iowa State has been rewarded for an 8-4 regular season in head coach Matt Campbell’s third year with a trip to the Alamo Bowl.
The 24th-ranked Cyclones will meet No. 13 Washington State at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 28, it was announced Sunday. Kickoff is 8 p.m. CT and the game is televised on ESPN.
ISU got the nod over No. 16 West Virginia (8-3), a team the Cyclones beat 30-14 earlier this season. Oklahoma (12-1) has a spot in the College Football Playoff as the No. 4-ranked team and No. 15 Texas (9-4) is going to the Sugar Bowl.
This will be Iowa State’s first Alamo Bowl appearance. The Cyclones beat Memphis 31-30 in last year’s Liberty Bowl, their first bowl victory since 2009.
The Cougars (10-2) were one of the best stories of the college football season and were primed for a New Year’s Six bowl before falling to Washington in the final game of the regular season and finishing second in the Pac-12 North. Their other loss was to USC.
Washington State is coached by Mike Leach, who Cyclones fans are familiar with from his run at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. With graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Cougars lead the country in passing yards per game (379.8). Minshew has completed 70.6 percent of his 613 passes for 4,477 yards, 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Iowa State was 1-3 against Leach’s Red Raiders teams.
Iowa State and Washington State have never met.