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Sneak Peek: 2013 Alamo Bowl

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WHO: 10-2 Oregon (Pac-12) vs. 8-4 Texas (Big 12)

WHAT: Alamo Bowl (21st year)

WHERE: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

WHEN: Dec. 30 at 6:45 p.m. ET

WHY: No. 10 Oregon takes on Texas in Mack Brown’s last game as the Longhorns head coach. Both teams had their eyes on far grander prizes just a few short weeks ago — Oregon was a legit national title contender while Texas merely had to beat Baylor in its final regular season game to win the Big 12 title. Neither scenario worked out and so instead we’ll get one of the best matchups of the bowl season in San Antonio.

Oregon has one of the most prolific offenses in college football, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, who put up 3,994 yards of total offense and a combined 39 touchdowns this season. He recently announced he’ll be returning for his junior season. The Ducks average 47 points and 573 yards per game, so the Texas defense will have its hands full.

The Longhorns offense is a bit more basic and relies on a power running game featuring tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, who combined for 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Senior quarterback Case McCoy will close out an inconsistent career for Texas. He passed for 1,885 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 picks in 2013.

Both teams have dangerous weapons in the return game — De’Anthony Thomas for Oregon and Daje Johnson for Texas can both break it at any time. The Longhorns will have the edge if it turns into a kicking contest as Anthony Fera is one of the best placekickers in the country.

Oregon is the clear favorite overall, though, and it will take an emotional effort by Texas on Brown’s behalf to come away with a win.

PREDICTION: Oregon 45, Texas 24

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5 Responses to “Sneak Peek: 2013 Alamo Bowl”
  1. BrownsTown says: Dec 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    The #10 team vs. an unranked, four-loss team. Gotta love bowl season.

  2. tgaustin says: Dec 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    Chris Huston, you do know that Daje Johnson is out for this game, yeah? Academics. Either way, not sure Texas can hang for four quarters with the Ducks. Would be nice to see Mack win and get carried off the field.

    Hook Em’ (7-1-1)

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    “Neither scenario worked out and so instead we’ll get one of the best matchups of the bowl season in San Antonio.”

    “PREDICTION: Oregon 45, Texas 24”

    How is one of the best matchups if you’re predicting a 3 TD blowout?

    It’s 2 high profile programs but Texas is an 8-4 team with very little star power right now, and are hoping to not get run out of the building by the 2nd qtr in front of what’s probably going to be 90% Texas crowd.

    Oregon runs the ball like crazy and Texas has had little to no success stopping the run against good rushing teams. BYU is a top 10 running team and put 500+ on the Horns, Baylor is #11 in rushing and they took it to the Horns on the ground too. I have little doubt that the Ducks will dominate the game on the ground and it will be out of hand early.

    The only real suspense here is what uniforms Oregon will wear?

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    Daje Johnson won’t be breaking anything in this game- he’s suspended. Prediction 49-24 Oregon.

  5. irishdodger says: Dec 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    This could end ugly for Mack.

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