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

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Alamo Bowl 2013: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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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
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Pharaoh Brown TE 12/24/2013 will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against Texas Suspended disciplinary
Ricky Havill-Heimuli DT 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Texas Questionable leg
Troy Hill CB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Texas Questionable legal/disciplinary
Colt Lyerla TE 10/07/2013 has left the team Out personal
Byron Marshall RB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Texas Questionable ankle

USA Today

Longhorns Injury Report (via USA Today)

Longhorns Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
David Ash QB 10/14/2013 is out indefinitely Out concussion
Joe Bergeron RB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable foot
Demarco Cobbs LB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable knee
Josh Cochran T 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable shoulder
Deoundrei Davis LB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable knee
Ashton Dorsey DT 08/30/2013 has decided to transfer Out personal
Steve Edmond LB 12/03/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out liver
Kennedy Estelle T 12/26/2013 will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Out academics
Sheroid Evans CB 10/06/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Johnathan Gray RB 11/10/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out calf
Jordan Hicks LB 09/22/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out Achilles
Bryant Jackson WR 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable foot
Daje Johnson RB 12/26/2013 will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Out academics
Miles Onyegbule TE 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable leg
Jalen Overstreet RB 12/26/2013 will miss the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Out academics
Kendall Thompson LB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable head
Kevin Vaccaro S 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Alamo Bowl Monday against Oregon Questionable ankle
Chris Whaley DT 11/10/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out leg

USA Today

 

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

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

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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