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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

FWAA announces 2013 All-American team

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‘Tis the season for All-American teams and the Football Writers Association of America — one of the five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA — announced theirs on Wednesday.

Here’s the first-team:

OFFENSE

QB — Jameis Winston, Florida State

RB — Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona; Andre Williams, Boston College

TE — Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

WR — Mike Evans, Texas A&M; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

OL — Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama; David Yankey, Stanford; Bryan Stork, Florida State; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M; Cyril Richardson, Baylor.

DEFENSE

DL — Michael Sam, Missouri; Trent Murphy, Stanford; Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh; Marcus Smith, Louisville.

LB — Khalil Mack, Buffalo; Chris Borland, Wisconsin; C.J. Mosley, Alabama

DB — Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Alabama; Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State; Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State; Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State.

KR — Odell Beckham, LSU

PR — Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

P — Tom Hornsey, Memphis

PK — Anthony Fera, Texas

Heisman winner Jameis Winston headlines AP All-America team

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And the honors keep rolling in for Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback, with Jameis Winston grabbing a spot on one of the most prestigious All-America teams in the country.

The Associated Press Tuesday released its annual three-deep postseason All-America teams, with Winston being just one of two redshirt freshmen to be named to the AP first team.  The other?  Teammate and kicker Robert Aguayo.

Just two players were repeat selections from the first team a year ago, and both of those came from the defensive side of the ball: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton.

The Seminoles, the only unbeaten team remaining at the FBS level, led all schools with four first-teamers.  Alabama and Texas A&M with two apiece were the only other schools with more than one player on the first team.

The ACC, Pac-12 and SEC each had six first-team selections.

OFFENSE

Quarterback
First Team: Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, Florida State
Second Team: Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M
Third Team: AJ McCarron, senior, Alabama

Running backs
First Team: Andre Williams, senior, Boston College; Ka’Deem Carey, junior, Arizona
Second Team: Tre’ Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington
Third Team: Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska

Tackles
First Team: Jake Matthews, senior, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, Alabama
Second Team: Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan
Third Team: Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn

Guards
First Team: Cyril Richardson, senior, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, Stanford
Second Team: Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su’a-Filo, junior, UCLA
Third Team: John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin

Center
First Team: Bryan Stork, senior, Florida State
Second Team: Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma
Third Team: Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn

Wide receivers
First Team: Brandin Cooks, junior, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, Texas A&M
Second Team: Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State
Third Team: Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt

Tight end
First Team: Jace Amaro, junior, Texas Tech
Second Team: Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina
Third Team: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington

All-purpose player
First Team: Jordan Lynch, senior, Northern Illinois
Second Team: Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford
Third Team: Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU

Kicker
First Team: Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, Florida State
Second Team: Anthony Fera, senior, Texas
Third Team: Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern

DEFENSE

Ends
First Team: Michael Sam, senior, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, Texas
Second Team: Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State
Third Team: Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech

Tackles
First Team: Aaron Donald, senior, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, Arizona State
Second Team: Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina
Third Team: Ra’Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, USC

Linebackers
First Team: Anthony Barr, senior, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, Ohio State
Second Team: Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin
Third Team: Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State

Cornerbacks
First Team: Darqueze Dennard, senior, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, Florida State
Second Team: Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU
Third Team: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida

Safeties
First Team: Cody Prewitt, junior, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, Washington State.
Second Team: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor
Third Team: Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State

Punter
First Team: Tom Hornsey, senior, Memphis
Second Team: Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M
Third Team: Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho

Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo wins Lou Groza Award

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Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo joined teammates Bryan Stork and Jameis Winston in receiving some top individual honors Thursday night. Aguayo was named this year’s Lou Groza Award winner, which is represented to the top kicker in college football.

Aguayo, a freshman, converted all 90 extra point attempts this season he was called on to try, and he successfully kicked 19 of 20 field goal attempts as well. In all, Aguayo accounted for 131 points for Florida State.

Aguayoa is Florida State’s third Lou Groza Award winner in program history. First awarded in 1992, Sebastian Janikowski won back-to-back Lou Groza Awards in 1998 and 1999. Graham Gano later won a Lour Groza Award for Florida State in 2008. Tulane is the only other school with multiple Lou Groza Award winners, with two.

Aguayo beat out Texas kicker Anthony Fera and USF’s Marvin Kloss for the honor.

Texas and Baylor offenses both go cold in first half

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It’s 30 degrees in Waco, but the offenses of Texas and Baylor are even colder.

Playing in what amounts to a de facto Big 12 title game (thanks to Oklahoma’s upset of Oklahoma State), No. 9 Baylor and No. 25 Texas went into halftime deadlocked at 3-3 as the frigid weather prevented both teams from getting untracked.

The direction of the wind seemed to be the biggest predictor of success for either team. When the Bears had the wind at their backs in the first quarter, they looked to be in rhythm on offense and came away with some early points courtesy of a 22-yard field goal by Aaron Jones. Meanwhile, the Texas offense couldn’t get untracked and Baylor was so confident in its ability to stop the Longhorns that it tried a fake punt on 4th and 7 from its own 43-yard line. It failed, but the Texas offense couldn’t make the Bears pay.

Once the two teams switched sides in the second quarter, Texas looked better. Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown started to get rolling and Texas evened things out with a 42-yard Anthony Fera field goal. Brown finished the half with 118 yards on 17 carries.

With the wind swirling and the ball as cold as a stone, this is not a game for quarterbacks. Baylor’s Bryce Petty threw for 170 yards on 13 of 23 passing, but every completion was like picking teeth. Case McCoy was worse, completing 7 of 19 for just 38 yards.

This game could favor the team that runs the ball best, which means Texas could have the edge heading into the second half, unless Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (21 yards on 7 carries) can get untracked.

Whatever the case, Bears better warm up quick if they don’t want to miss their first ever Big 12 title and BCS game berth.