The 2012 Alamo Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the Texas vs. Oregon State picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
Alamo Bowl Picks: Texas Longhorns vs. Oregon State Beavers
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 6:45 ET
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Alamo Bowl Betting Odds: Oregon State -3.5
Texas vs. Oregon State Live TV Coverage: ESPN
The Longhorns and the Beavers both started this year in different directions. Texas was ranked 15th in the nation in both of the polls, while Oregon State didn’t get a single vote in either poll until Week 4. In the end though, this has been a great year for the Beavs, who won nine of their 12 outings, and a questionable year for the Horns, who went 8-4. There isn’t much of a difference here between these two records, but Oregon State clearly overachieved, while at least in the eyes of the fans in Austin, UT underachieved to the point that Head Coach Mack Brown might be on a bit of a hot season going into next year.
Both of these teams went through a pair of quarterbacks this year. The Longhorns have no quarterback controversy left, as QB Case McCoy has been sent home after violating team rules during the bowl week. That means that QB David Ash is going to have the ball from start to finish, and that might ultimately help out the Horns in what should be a de facto home game playing in the Lone Star State. Ash was an embattled quarterback all season long, but he did complete 67.7 percent of his passes for 2,458 yards with 17 TDs against seven picks. QB Cody Vaz is going to get the start in the Alamo Bowl for the Beavers. He might have completed a slightly smaller percent of his passes than QB Sean Mannion, but he also had an 11/1 TD/INT ratio, as opposed to a 15/13 TD/INT ratio that Mannion had.
The move for Head Coach Mike Riley to go with Vaz as opposed to Mannion might ultimately come back to bite the team on the backside. Oregon State lost three of its last five games played against FBS foes this year, and it really has more or less come back to earth after beating up on a bunch of suspect teams at the start of the season. Texas lost its last two games, but it also had some big wins against some big teams in the Big XII. This isn’t a game against a solid team like the Oklahoma Sooners, nor is it a game against a team with a ridiculous high octane offense like the West Virginia Mountaineers. In a de facto home game right up the road in San Antonio, it feels like Texas is going to win this game.
Texas vs. Oregon State Pick: Texas Longhorns +3.5
Alamo Bowl Score Prediction: Texas 24 – Oregon State 20