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No. 13 WSU headed to the Alamo Bowl to face No. 24 Iowa State

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This is ... not what we anticipated.

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Despite a disappointing finish in the final CFP rankings considering the teams ahead of them, the Washington State Cougars are still heading to the Pac-12’s No. 2 bowl game, taking on the Iowa St. Cyclones from the Big 12 Conference in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 28.

The 10-win and No. 13 Cougs exceeded all expectations this year, finishing in a tie for first in the Pac-12 North and ending the year with their most prestigious bowl appearance since the Holiday Bowl in 2003. Wazzu has already set a school record for most consecutive seasons with a bowl appearance at four and can set another record, for wins in a season, if they can pick up their 11th.

Iowa State (8-4) finished No. 24 in the final CFP rankings.

For the Cougs, they’re surely disappointed to not finish in the top-12, thanks in large part to some blue blood bias on the part of the CFP committee. Still though, in a season they were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North and win no more than half a dozen games, this is a hell of an accomplishment.

Start making your travel plans for the fourth straight season, Cougs.