Alamo Bowl Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/30/13
Texas Longhorns (8-4) at Oregon Ducks (10-2)
College Football: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm (Alamodome)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -14 -- Over/Under: 69 See the Latest Odds
The Alamodome hosts the Valero Alamo Bowl battle between the Oregon Ducks and the Texas Longhorns.
Oregon looked like they were on a collision course with the National Championship game before losses to Stanford and Arizona ended those hopes. Still, the overall numbers were very impressive with an offense that racked up 573 yards and nearly 47 points behind the #9 rushing attack and number 20 passing game. The defense was impressive as well with 381 yards given up and less then 22 points which was overkill for all the scoring this team did. Marcus Mariota was the star of the passing attack with 3,412 yards on 64% completions for 30 touchdowns and just four picks. Josh Huff (57-1036) and Bralon Addison (56-842) were clearly the stars of the receiving corps with the rushing game possessing four players with 580+ yards. Byron Marshall (155-995), Thomas Tyner (109-689), Mariota (81-582) and De'Anthony Thomas (93-581) gave the team four viable options.
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The big news swirling around the Texas football program might not be the Alamo Bowl but the resignation of Mack Brown. An 8-4 season and postseason appearance would be the envy of many teams but not Texas who wants National Championships. The numbers were certainly competitive with the defense allowing 402 yards and 25 points while the offense averaged 423 yards and 31 points behind the number 36 rushing attack that totaled just under 200 yards. With David Ash lost early to injury Case McCoy was thrust in to the starter's role with mixed results. McCoy connected on 57% of his throws for 1,885 yards for eleven TD's and 11 picks with Mike Davis (49-715) and Jaxon Shipley (55-581) the leading targets. Jonathan led the team in rushing with 780 yards but is lost for the season so Malcolm Brown (188-774) will be leading the rushing attack.
To be honest I don't like either team as Texas can fall off the map as fast as any team while Oregon seemed disinterested when their perfect season went out the window. Check back the morning of the game but right now I'll take the points...