OSU vs. Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl

The first matchup in the new and more prestigious Valero Alamo Bowl will feature 13th-ranked and 10-2 Big 12 South co-champion Oklahoma State against 7-5 Arizona from the Pac-10, it was officially announced Sunday evening in San Antonio. This is the matchup GoPokes.com first reported and was steadfast in reporting since last Sunday.

The game will kickoff on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN. It will be carried on radio by the Cowboys Radio Network and nationally on ESPN Radio.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said he was not surprised by the selection to the Alamo Bowl but that he no longer gets involved in campaigning for a certain bowl. He was happy for the matchup and the location.

"It is a great opportunity for us to play in the Alamo Bowl," said Gundy. "We have a great following in the Houston area, in San Antonio, in central Texas, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"Many of our players are from Texas and so this is a good location for our fans and our player's families to come see us play. We recruit heavily in Texas, so it is good for us in that regard too," Gundy continued.

After losing their final game on Thursday to rival Arizona State and losing their last four games after jumping out to an impressive 7-1 start, the Wildcats had some anxious moments in waiting to find out where they would play.

Washington beat Washington State on Saturday night to become bowl eligible and there was some discussion that the Alamo Bowl might take the Huskies. That was not the case and rightfully so as Arizona defeated Washington earlier this season 44-14. The Wildcats were delighted with the destination.

"We're honored to represent the university and the Pac-10 in the Valero Alamo Bowl," UA head coach Mike Stoops said. "It's great to be the first league team to play in this first year of the new Alama Bowl affiliation with the conference. Our players are excited to be playing in an outstanding bowl against a quality opponent like Oklahoma State."

Greg Byrne, Arizona director of athletics, said, "The UA is thrilled to be participating in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl. We know that with our strong Arizona connections to Texas, as well as a program like OSU on the other side, that there will be a lot of support from the University of Arizona family. It's going to be a great time for the team and all of us connected with the university."

Gundy said his team would get back together to discuss the game for the first time at 2 p.m. Monday. The team has been off since the final regular season game of the season.

They will practice on Monday after the meetings and will work a couple of days before breaking as running back Kendall Hunter (Doak Walker Award finalist), Justin Blackmon (Fred Biletnikoff Award finalist), and Dan Bailey (Lou Groza Award finalist), along with Gundy and others, to go to Orlando for the Home Depot Awards Show to showcase those guys and the other top players this season in college football.

"We begin practice tomorrow and our goal is to get in 14 good practices," said Gundy. "We have finals week coming up and we have the goal of getting our players home for at least two nights for Christmas and then we will plan on getting to San Antonio on Dec. 23."

Gundy said he had studied the Wildcats some. He even referenced Arizona several times as playing a late game on TV Saturday night that he had a chance to watch.

Alamo Bowl Fast Facts
Big 12 vs. Pac 10
$3 million-plus payout for each participating team
Dec. 29, 8 p.m. (CT)
Television: ESPN
Radio: ESPN Radio and participating schools networks
Team Hotels: OSU, San Antonio Marriott River Center; Arizona, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk

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