Both teams began the season with national title hopes but finished 7-2 in their respective conferences and now find themselves on the outside of the final BCS puzzle.
Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) is just 2-2 in its last four games after an 8-0 start that had them at No. 2 in the BCS standings. Even after the loss to Stanford, the Ducks regained control of their own destiny thanks to USC's win over the Cardinal. It didn't last long, however, as the Ducks blew their shot at another Pac-12 title and BCS bowl with a stunning 42-16 loss to unranked Arizona.
Texas (8-4, 7-2 Big 12) has been up and down all year after a No. 15 ranking in the preseason polls. After a 1-2 start, the Longhorns won six straight games to become a threat to win the Big 12 title. But the Longhorns have lost two of their last three games, with losses to then-No. 12 Oklahoma State and then-No. 9 Baylor. A win in either of those games would have sent them to the Fiesta Bowl as the Big 12 champion. Instead, they return to the same game as last year, a game in which they defeated the Ducks' in-state rival, Oregon State.
This matchup has been a long time coming for both programs, who last faced off in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. The game was an instant classic, and Oregon's dramatic 35-30 win helped put the Ducks on the national radar.
This year's matchup should be an exciting intersectional showdown with plenty at stake for both programs. Here is everything you need to know about the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl, with TV info, depth charts, predictions and much more.
Date & Time: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m. ET
Place: Alamo Dome (San Antonio, Texas)
Radio: ESPN Radio, Oregon Sports Network, Longhorn Radio Network