Alamo Bowl Preview: Texas Surprise?
Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) vs. Texas (8-4, 7-2 Big 12)
Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Two of the most prestigious programs in the country will clash Wednesday night, but it won’t be in a BCS game.
Not only is this game intriguing because of the history of these two respected programs, but it also includes the last game that Mack Brown coaches for Texas. It’ll be interesting to see how this Longhorns team responds.
Can Texas rally around its beloved coach to upset the Ducks?
No. 10 Oregon comes limping into this game after an 8-0 start and an almost certain ticket to the BCS National Championship. Marcus Mariota and the Ducks suffered losses to Stanford and an unranked Arizona team, while also squeaking out a 36-35 victory at home vs. rival Oregon State.
Despite recent struggles, one has to believe that Mariota and company will have some motivation to showcase their mission for next year; this coming after Mariota announced his decision to stay another year with the Ducks.
If you’re thinking logically, Oregon should roll Texas.
The Longhorns—a 14-point underdog—go into this game with one goal: send coach Brown off with a win. The only problem is that their defense is ranked 56th in the FBS in points allowed, while Oregon is third in FBS scoring offense at 48.6 points a game. In order for Texas to have a shot, it will have to use the “Stanford” formula and run it right at the Ducks and control their spread offense.
The X-factor for this game is passion, and Texas should run away with the edge over the Ducks in this category.
Oregon is ranked 10th in the country and was overlooked by the Sugar Bowl, who invited the 11th-ranked Sooners to play Alabama. Speaking for college football fans, Oregon vs. Alabama would have almost been a second national championship. Instead, the Ducks find themselves at the Alamo Bowl.
Texas on the other hand is playing for its legendary coach in his last game ever for his beloved program. The game is also played in the Horns’ home state.
Football is a game of passion, and you can throw the stat book out the window for this match-up.
"Everyone's been dogging us, and we have a lot to prove," receiver Bralon Addison told the school's official website.
Don’t be surprised if the Longhorns make this one of the more memorable games of this bowl season.