Alamo Bowl – Oregon Ducks vs Texas Longhorns
Date and Time: Monday 12/30/13 at 6:45pm on ESPN
Game Line: Oregon Ducks -14 (from JustBet)
Saturday’s Alamo Bowl NCAA Football Analysis: While the 2013 Alamo Bowl will be the last game Mack Brown coaches at Texas, it won’t be the last time Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota takes the field for Oregon. Set to resign after 16 seasons in Austin, Brown guides the Longhorns against Mariota and the number 10 Ducks on Monday night in San Antonio. From 2001-09, Brown’s teams at Texas averaged 11 wins, recorded two Big 12 titles, won the national championship during an undefeated 2005 and played for another four years later. However, since losing 37-21 to Alabama in the title game of the 2009 season, the Longhorns are 30-20 and endured Brown’s only losing season with a 5-7 record in 2010. The uncertainty surrounding Brown’s future proved to be a distraction for the program in recent weeks. After meeting with school president Bill Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson, Brown was told he could remain coach but decided otherwise. He was under contract until 2020 with a salary at more than $5 million per year, and will stay on as a special consultant to Powers. It’s uncertain if Texas can seriously improve in time to contain Oregon, which ranks second in the FBS averaging 573.0 total yards and third at 46.8 points per contest. Mariota has completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 3,412 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions. The sophomore has thrown a TD in each of his 25 career games and set a single-season school record with 3,994 total yards in 2013. With perhaps some unfinished business left in 2014, Mariota announced he will return for his junior season. Though the Ducks did not earn an at-large bid to their fifth consecutive BCS bowl game, they expect to finish strong. Simply put, Texas doesn’t have the talent or the motivation to stay with Oregon in this game. The Ducks will score their fair share of points but the Longhorn offense just won’t be able to keep up.
Oregon vs Texas NCAA Football Picks: Oregon -14.5 and under 67
Oregon vs Texas Game Prediction: 41-24 Oregon
What to expect in the 2013 Alamo Bowl: These two teams are headed in opposite directions after this bowl game. Oregon is hoping to stay atop the PAC 12 and continue to score points and dominate their opponents while Texas is going to have a full make over with a new coaching staff and a new quarterback next season. This will be obvious when both teams take the field on Monday night. Texas offense will struggle and sputter and so will their defense. You don’t want a struggling defense to take the field when you play Oregon because they will run all over you and never take their foot off the gas.