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December 29, 2010, in San Antonio, Tex.
As of this season, the Alamo Bowl will feature the No. 2 team from the Big 12 versus the No. 2 team from the Pac-10, unless one or both of those teams receive a BCS bowl bid.
This bowl is pretty much locked in, unless one of these teams falls apart.
Why Arizona is here: Arizona showed Iowa that the desert heat and great defense are tough to overcome. But unless they can upset the offensive parade of the Oregon Ducks, they will slot into the No. 2 Pac-10 spot.
Why Texas is here: The Longhorns are here because both Oklahoma and Nebraska look as if they are headed to BCS bowls. Unfortunately for Texas, this isn't much of a consolation prize—Arizona will be one of their toughest opponents of the year.
What can change: If Arizona runs the table and things break right, they could end up playing for the national title in their home state. If they beat everyone but Oregon, they might sneak into the BCS. Texas must survive back-to-back games versus Oklahoma and Nebraska to improve their BCS chances.
Prediction: Arizona 24, Texas 21. Desert Swarm II prevails.