The defending national champion leads the way as the favorite in the 2006 Alamo Bowl odds. Texas is playing in their home state this year instead of defending their national title, due to a couple of late season losses. They didn’t even make the Big 12 title game after losing in consecutive weeks to Kansas State and Texas A&M. Good news for Longhorn fans is that Colt McCoy is cleared to play after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck in the final minute of that loss to the Aggies.
Iowa on the other hand needs to end their season on a good note after jumping out to a 4-0 start, then getting killed by Ohio State and watching their second half of the season turn into a disaster zone. Closing the season with losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Minnesota left many wondering if Iowa deserved a chance to play in this quality of a bowl. Good thing the Big 10 has a couple of teams playing in the BCS. With all that disappointment though this team has talent, and the month off should give them time to heal up players who are injured at the key positions.
Iowa was only 1-10 ATS this season, never living up to expectations. Texas may have lost their last two games, but with a 36.7 ppg average this game could be a shoot out. The Hawkeyes do a good job of moving the ball themselves, if they can get the ball into the end zone this game is going to be an interesting one.
These two teams had BCS visions when the season started so is Texas going to have a letdown or is Iowa going to continue to play like they have in the second half? Our expert know and you can pick up some college bowl picks on this game and watch it cash on ESPN.
2006 Alamo Bowl Odds:
Texas -9 -105 at Pinnacle
Iowa +9 -105 at Pinnacle
OVER 52.5 -115 at Pinnacle
UNDER 53.5 at VIP
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