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Alamo Bowl 2013: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks in action against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

The 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl between the No. 10 Oregon Ducks and Texas Longhorns is littered with intriguing storylines—both on the field and off thanks to notable names both staying and going after the showdown from the Alamodome.

The 8-4 Longhorns lost two of three in ugly fashion to close the year and miss out on a Big 12 title. For additional salt in the wound, the Longhorns are serious underdogs here in what will be coach Mack Brown and quarterback Case McCoy's final game with the school.

Things are much more positive for the 10-2 Ducks, as the team will see quarterback Marcus Mariota return next season. While great news, it is but a Band-Aid to disguise the fact Oregon went .500 in its final four to close the season and miss out on the Pac-12 title.

So will it be Texas closing one era on a positive note and beginning another with a bang, or will Oregon prematurely start what is sure to be another national-championship hunt next season?

 

When: Monday, Dec. 30 at 6:45 p.m. ET

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 67
  • Spread: Oregon (-14)

 

Ducks Injury Report (via USA Today)

Ducks Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Pharaoh BrownTE12/24/2013will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against TexasSuspendeddisciplinary
Ricky Havill-HeimuliDT12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against TexasQuestionableleg
Troy HillCB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against TexasQuestionablelegal/disciplinary
Colt LyerlaTE10/07/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
Byron MarshallRB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against TexasQuestionableankle
USA Today
Longhorns Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
David AshQB10/14/2013is out indefinitelyOutconcussion
Joe BergeronRB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionablefoot
Demarco CobbsLB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionableknee
Josh CochranT12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionableshoulder
Deoundrei DavisLB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionableknee
Ashton DorseyDT08/30/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Steve EdmondLB12/03/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutliver
Kennedy EstelleT12/26/2013will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonOutacademics
Sheroid EvansCB10/06/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Johnathan GrayRB11/10/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutcalf
Jordan HicksLB09/22/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutAchilles
Bryant JacksonWR12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionablefoot
Daje JohnsonRB12/26/2013will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonOutacademics
Miles OnyegbuleTE12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionableleg
Jalen OverstreetRB12/26/2013will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonOutacademics
Kendall ThompsonLB12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionablehead
Kevin VaccaroS12/24/2013is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against OregonQuestionableankle
Chris WhaleyDT11/10/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutleg
USA Today

Longhorns Injury Report (via USA Today)

Oct 26, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown waves to the crowd after the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the TCU Horned Frogs 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

Can Texas Overcome Distractions as Two Mainstays Partake in Final Game? 

By now, collegiate fans know Mack Brown is on his way out after 16 years in Austin highlighted by 158 victories and a national championship after an undefeated season in 2005.

Brown told the media, via ABC News, that the Alamo Bowl would be his last game with the school in the hopes the program can turn things around:

It's been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love the University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here ... It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America.

I sincerely want to get back to the top and that's why I'm stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.

Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) picks up wide receiver Josh Huff (1) while celebrating a touchdown in the second quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Brown is far from the only loss with McCoy on his way out, too. The senior threw for 1,885 yards with 11 touchdowns and interceptions. He will now be asked to duel Oregon's Mariota, who at one point was a top Heisman contender and leads the nation's No. 3 overall offense that averages 46.8 points per game.

The Longhorns have a tall task indeed, especially thanks to a wealth of distractions, a disappointing year and an unusually long layoff between games.

 

Prediction

The narrative that Texas will come out emotionally charged to fight for its departing coach is nullified with the news that the Ducks will be losing defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti as well, per CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman:

As Andrew Greif of The Oregonian illustrates, both teams are on equal footing as a result:

Aliotti, who has spent 21 seasons with the Ducks in three different stints, has his defense playing at a high level. That is arguably the main reason Texas does not stand a chance Monday. The unit ranks No. 25 with an average of 21.6 points surrendered per game.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit puts it best:

Mariota (3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns) and the Ducks offense will have no problem scoring on a Longhorns defense that ranks outside of the top 50. McCoy and the Longhorns have scored more than 40 points just three times in 2013.

A fourth journey over the threshold is simply not in the cards.

 

Final Score: Ducks 48, Longhorns 28

 

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