The Longhorns and the Ducks faltered mightily down the stretch of the regular season, leaving both teams relegated to non-BCS bowl games. Nevertheless, emotions will still be running high for Texas, who will be playing their last game under long time coach Mack Brown.
Other 2013-2014 College Bowl Previews:
- BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn
- Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State
- Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson
- Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
- Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. Baylor
College Football Betting Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Oregon Ducks in the Valero Alamo Bowl
When: 6:45 PM ET, December 30, 2013 [sc:NCAA240banner ]
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
*As of November 17.
Money: Texas (+450) vs. Oregon (-600)
Spread: Texas (+14) vs. Oregon (-14)
|Texas Longhorns||Oregon Ducks|
|Last Game||vs. Baylor Bears (L 30-10)||vs. Oregon State Beavers (W 36-35)|
|Player to Watch||RB Malcolm Brown (774 Rushin Yards, 9 Rushing TDs)||QB Marcus Mariota (3,412 Passing Yards, 30 Passing TDs)|
Betting on Texas:
It’s no BCS bowl but the Longhorns have their hearts set on scoring a win over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl to give long time coach Mack Brown a befitting send-off. Brown will be stepping down from his position after 16 seasons with Texas, wherein he guided the team to two national championship appearances, winning one back in 2005.
In Texas’ last season with Brown at the helm, the team started and ended the regular season in the same manner – losing two of three games. The Longhorns were ranked No. 15 in the BCS in the preseason, but that was the highest the team ever got. They muffed their chances to win the Big 12 title and, consequently, an appearance in a BCS bowl when they lost to Baylor in their last game, 30-10.
Despite the loss to the Bears, Texas still managed to prevent Baylor from hitting their points-for average of 53.3 PPG. Combined with Texas’ paltry production, the game went well below the Totals line of 73. The Longhorns are 6-1 UNDER in their last 7 games overall.
Betting on Oregon:
The Ducks were on the cusp of a BCS bowl heading into the last few games of the regular season. They looked like real contenders with an unstoppable offense that carried the team to an 8-0 SU record, including blowout wins over ranked teams Washington and UCLA. [sc:NCAA240banner ]
But Oregon faltered on their trail to the national championship when they got derailed by a 26-20 loss to Stanford on November 7. In their last four games, the Ducks went just 2-2 SU, ending their national championship hopes and severing their hopes for a Pac-12 title.
On the bright side, QB Marcus Mariota, whose name was among those thrown into the Heisman discussion for most of the season, announced that he would be returning to the program next year instead of departing for the pros. The dual threat quarterback has passed for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns. Additionally, he has rushed for 582 yards and 9 TDs.
The Ducks are generating 46.3 PPG – 3rd in the FBS. They are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games away from home field.
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