Alamo Bowl 2012: Texas vs. Oregon State TV Info, Predictions and More
The 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl features the No. 23 Texas Longhorns and the No. 13 Oregon State Beavers, two teams that finished third in their respective conferences.
Oregon State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) is coming off an expectedly lopsided victory over FCS foe Nicholls State, as the Beavers rolled to a 77-3 win behind 683 yards total offense.
On the other hand, Texas (8-4, 5-4 Big 12) is reeling after finishing the regular season with consecutive losses to TCU and Fiesta Bowl-bound Kansas State.
This matchup has the makings of an offensive shootout as both teams boast prolific scoring threats, but the OSU defense has been stout all season, especially against the run.
This year's Alamo Bowl should be an exciting intersectional showdown with highlight-reel plays on both sides of the ball.
Here's a complete game preview of the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl with TV info, depth charts, predictions and much more.
The 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl is an intriguing matchup, as it pairs one of the nation's most prestigious college football programs against an unproven BCS conference opponent.
The Texas Longhorns have four national titles in football, while the Oregon State Beavers have only been to one high-tier bowl game in the last 50 years.
Most recently, head coach Mack Brown led Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship, while finishing runner-up in 2009. Clearly, UT has the edge when it comes to experience under the bright lights.
And as far as history goes, the Longhorns hold the head-to-head advantage as well.
Texas and OSU have met on the gridiron twice, first in 1980 and again in 1987. Both contests were Texas victories, as the Longhorns rolled the Beavs 35-0 and 61-16.
But don't let the past fool you into thinking the 2012 meeting will be more of the same.
Oregon State has an explosive offense headlined by wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, as well as a punishing defensive front that ranks No. 28 in the country against the rush.
The Beavers will be fired up and ready to play, looking to send their seniors off on a high note against the storied Longhorns.
Another important storyline for this year's Alamo Bowl will be Texas' de facto home-field advantage.
Even though bowl games are always played at "neutral sites," the San Antonio-based battle figures to favor the Longhorns, whose campus is less than two hours away by car.
Unless a ton of OSU fans shell out the money for plane tickets, game tickets and hotel accommodations, the hostile atmosphere at the Alamodome could prove too much for Mike Riley's squad.
Texas Depth Chart and Injury Report
QB: 14 - David Ash, 6-3, 224, SO
6 - Case McCoy, 6-2, 200, JR
7 - Connor Brewer, 6-2, 200, FR
11 - Jalen Overstreet, 6-2, 212, FR
RB: 21 - Joe Bergeron, 6-1, 230, SO
32 - Johnathan Gray, 5-11, 207, FR
28 - Malcolm Brown, 6-0, 223, SO
5 - Jeremy Hills, 6-0, 202, SR
WR: 1 - Mike Davis, 6-2, 188, JR
2 - Kendall Sanders, 6-0, 183, FR
19 - Marcus Johnson, 6-1, 189, FR
WR: 84 - Marquise Goodwin, 5-9, 177, SR
26 - D.J. Monroe, 5-9, 175, SR
4 - Cayleb Jones, 6-3, 211, FR
WR: 8 - Jaxon Shipley, 6-1, 190, SO
16 - Bryant Jackson, 6-2, 191, SO
21 - Daje Johnson, 5-10, 184, FR
9 - John Harris, 6-3, 211, SO
TE: 18 - D.J. Grant, 6-3, 238, SR
81 - Greg Daniels, 6-5, 280, SO
89 - Barrett Matthews, 6-2, 235, SR
85 - M.J. McFarland, 6-6, 245, FR
OT: 78 - Josh Cochran, 6-6, 285, SO
51 - Donald Hawkins, 6-5, 310, JR
OT: 77 - Luke Poehlmann, 6-7, 295, SR
68 - Kennedy Estelle, 6-7, 300, FR
OG: 75 - Trey Hopkins, 6-4, 298, JR
66 - Sedrick Flowers, 6-3, 313, FR
OG: 72 - Mason Walters, 6-6, 315, JR
79 - Thomas Ashcraft, 6-5, 315, JR
C: 55 - Dominic Espinosa, 6-4, 298, SO
73 - Garrett Porter, 6-6, 310, JR
DE: 80 - Alex Okafor, 6-4, 260, SR
1 - Shiro Davis, 6-3, 236, FR
DE: 88 - Cedric Reed, 6-6, 256, SO
92 - Reggie Wilson, 6-3, 252, JR
DT: 99 - Desmond Jackson, 6-1, 285, SO
97 - Brandon Moore, 6-5, 335, JR
90 - Malcom Brown, 6-4, 315, FR
DT: 96 - Chris Whaley, 6-3, 279, JR
85 - Ashton Dorsey, 6-2, 295, JR
LB: 7 - Demarco Cobbs, 6-2, 215, JR
11 - Tevin Jackson, 6-2, 225, SO
LB: 35 - Kendall Thompson, 6-3, 237, SO
3 - Jordan Hicks, 6-2, 235, JR
19 - Peter Jinkens, 6-1, 213, FR
LB: 33 - Steve Edmond, 6-3, 255, SO
55 - Dalton Santos, 6-3, 250, FR
CB: 6 - Quandre Diggs, 5-10, 200, SO
21 - Duke Thomas, 5-11, 170, FR
CB: 23 - Carrington Byndom, 6-0, 180, JR
31 - Leroy Scott, 5-10, 193, SO
S: 17 - Adrian Phillips, 5-11, 199, JR
2 - Mykkele Thompson, 6-2, 183, SO
S: 4 - Kenny Vaccaro, 6-1, 215, SR
25 - Josh Turner, 6-0, 177, SO
K: 28 - Nick Jordan, 6-1, 175, FR
23 - Nick Rose, 6-3, 192, FR
30 - Anthony Fera, 6-2, 220, JR
P: 15 - Alex King, 6-2, 205, SR
14 - William Russ, 6-4, 193, SO
KR: 26 - D.J. Monroe, 5-9, 175, SR
2 - Mykkele Thompson, 6-2, 183, SO
6 - Quandre Diggs, 5-10, 200, SO
84 - Marquise Goodwin, 5-9, 177, SR
PR: 6 - Quandre Diggs, 5-10, 200, SO
8 - Jaxon Shipley, 6-1, 190, SO
H: 86 - Cade McCrary, 6-4, 189, JR
15 - Alex King, 6-2, 205, SR
LS: 45 - Kyle Ashby, 6-1, 235, FR
37 - Nate Boyer, 5-11, 190, SO
RB Joe Bergeron (Shoulder) - Probable
QB David Ash (Ribs) - Probable
DE Alex Okafor (Ankle) - Probable
WR Marquise Goodwin (Thumb) - QST
WR Miles Onyegbule (Ankle) - QST
LB Kendall Thompson (Concussion) - QST
OL Kennedy Estelle (Shoulder) - QST
OL Trey Hopkins (Leg) - Doubtful
LB Demarco Cobbs (Knee) - OUT
RB Jeremy Hills (Leg) - OUT
LB Jordan Hicks (Hip) - OUT
DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Pectoral) - OUT
Oregon State Depth Chart and Injury Report
QB: 4 - Sean Mannion, 6-5, 212, SO
14 - Cody Vaz, 6-0, 198, JR
12 - Richie Harrington, 6-1, 228, RS FR
TB: 24 - Storm Woods, 6-0, 202, RS FR
30 - Malcolm Agnew, 5-9, 204, SO
28 - Terron Ward, 5-7, 195, SO
34 - Jordan Jenkins, 6-1, 210, SR
WR: 2 - Markus Wheaton, 6-2, 182, SR
8 - Richard Mullaney, 6-3, 191, RS FR
86 - Obum Gwacham, 6-5, 224, SO
WR: 7 - Brandin Cooks, 5-10, 179, SO
81 - Micah Hatfield, 6-0, 180, JR
20 - Blair Cavanaugh, 5-8, 168, FR
WR: 84 - Kevin Cummings, 6-1, 181, JR
86 - Obum Gwacham, 6-5, 224, SO
21 - Mitch Singler, 6-3, 208, JR
TE: 82 - Colby Prince, 6-5, 257, SR
89 - Connor Hamlett, 6-7, 259, SO
10 - Caleb Smith, 6-6, 264, FR
OT: 77 - Michael Phillip, 6-4, 315, JR
75 - Derek Nielsen, 6-4, 286, SO
OT: 64 - Colin Kelly, 6-4, 295, SR
62 - Gavin Andrews, 6-5, 324, FR
OG: 69 - Josh Andrews, 6-2, 297, RS JR
50 - Josh Mitchell, 6-2, 274, FR
63 - Justin Addie, 6-2, 311, RS FR
OG: 71 - Grant Enger, 6-6, 293, JR
67 - Jake Welch, 6-2, 320, FR
C: 56 - Isaac Seumalo, 6-3, 302, FR
65 - Roman Sapolu, 6-2, 284, SO
50 - Josh Mitchell, 6-2, 274, FR
DE: 95 - Scott Crichton, 6-3, 263, SO
76 - John Braun, 6-5, 283, JR
56 - Rusty Fernando, 6-3, 242, SR
DE: 45 - Dylan Wynn, 6-2, 265, SO
78 - Rudolf Fifita, 6-3, 263, SR
94 - Devon Kell, 6-4, 250, JR
DT: 98 - Castro Masaniai, 6-3, 354, SR
79 - Joe Lopez, 6-0, 273, SO
90 - Ali'i Robins, 6-2, 276, RS FR
DT: 49 - Andrew Seumalo, 6-4, 290, SR
93 - Mana Rosa, 6-3, 276, JR
54 - B. Bennett-Jackson, 6-3, 267, RS FR
LB: 4 - D.J. Alexander, 6-2, 225, SO
44 - Jabral Johnson, 6-1, 234 SO
52 - Dyllon Mafi, 6-2, 220, JR
LB: 40 - Michael Doctor, 6-0, 223, JR
55 - Shaydon Akuna, 6-2, 245, SO
35 - Caleb Saulo, 6-1, 215, FR
LB: 41 - Feti Taumoepeau, 6-2, 248, SR
13 - Reuben Robinson, 6-3, 235, SR
32 - Joel Skotte, 6-2, 235, FR
CB: 14 - Jordan Poyer, 6-0, 190, SR
38 - Brian Watkins, 5-9, 185, SR
21 - Ryan Handford, 5-10, 204, SR
CB: 16 - Rashaad Reynolds, 5-11, 186, JR
6 - Sean Martin, 6-0, 186, JR
23 - Mishawn Cummings, 5-10, 190, RS SO
S: 3 - Anthony Watkins, 6-1, 217, SR
8 - T. Zimmerman, 6-0, 206, SO
37 - Micah Audiss, 6-1, 207, RS FR
S: 25 - Ryan Murphy, 6-3, 213, SO
9 - Peter Ashton, 6-1, 206, RS FR
29 - Steven Christian, 6-0, 180, SR
K: 12 - Trevor Romaine, 6-0, 200, SO
48 - Keith Kostol, 6-3, 189, SO
P: 48 - Keith Kostol, 6-3, 189, SO
99 - Tim McMullen, 6-4, 232, RS JR
KR: 22 - Malcolm Marable, 5-7, 172, SO
7 - Brandin Cooks, 5-10, 179, SO
PR: 14 - Jordan Poyer, 6-0, 190, SR
2 - Markus Wheaton, 6-2, 182, SR
H: 99 - Tim McMullen, 6-4, 232, RS JR
48 - Keith Kostol, 6-3, 189, SO
LS: 58 - Michael Morovick, 6-0, 223, SO
WR Brandin Cooks (Knee) - Probable
WR Markus Wheaton (Quad) - Probable
RB Storm Woods (Knee) - Probable
S Peter Ashton (Hip) - QST
FB Tyler Anderson (Knee) - Doubtful
DT Mana Rose (Suspension) - OUT
DE Rudolf Fifita (Suspension) - OUT
RB Jordan Jenkins (Ankle) - OUT
LB Josh Williams (Suspension) - OUT
Texas Players to Watch: David Ash/Case McCoy
If Texas is going to come away with an Alamo Bowl win, starting QB David Ash will need to be healthy and playing well.
The 6'3", 223-pound sophomore has been the catalyst of the offense in Austin this year, piling up 2,458 yards passing and 17 TDs with only seven INTs.
Ash did not appear in the Horns' regular season finale against Kansas State due to a rib injury, and UT fell to the Wildcats, 42-24.
Backup QB Case McCoy gave a valiant effort in relief, throwing for 314 yards and two touchdowns, but his two interceptions sealed Texas' fate.
The Oregon State defense should have no trouble clogging up the middle and taking away the run threat, so whoever starts under center for the Longhorns will have to step up.
If Ash is able to overcome his injury, which seems likely since the bowl is almost a month away, Texas will have a good chance to pull the upset.
Oregon State Player to Watch: Scott Crichton
It's not too often that a defensive lineman is tabbed as the "player to watch," but DE Scott Crichton is just that good.
The 6'3", 263-pound sophomore has been tearing it up for Oregon State this year, earning first team All-Pac-12 honors along the way.
Crichton has racked up 42 tackles, including nine sacks, to lead the Beavs' ferocious run-stopping front line. His performance will be critical against Texas, as he can single handedly make the Longhorns' offense one-dimensional.
If Crichton can establish himself in the trenches early on in the Alamo Bowl, Texas will be hard-pressed to find its way to the end zone.
For a frame of reference, let's look at the only two teams that Texas has faced that boast rushing defenses better than Oregon State: TCU and Kansas State.
The Horned Frogs and Wildcats were both able to contain the Longhorn rushing attack, as UT failed to eclipse the century mark in both games. And the result was back-to-back deflating losses for the Longhorns.
Against OSU, Texas will likely have to turn to the passing game to win, which plays right into the hands of All-Pac-12 first team cornerback Jordan Poyer.
Look for Crichton to lead the charge in San Antonio, disrupting the UT offense at the point of attack.
One of the most important matchups in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl will be the battle between the Texas wide receivers and the Oregon State secondary.
The Longhorn offense is well balanced, as it ranks No. 39 in the country through the air and No. 49 on the ground.
But assuming the Beavers can stifle the rushing attack, the WR duo of Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis will need to step up big time and produce above its average.
As the previous slide indicates, OSU has an all-conference caliber CB in Jordan Poyer, but the rest of the Beavs' defensive backfield is unspectacular.
If Texas can withstand the pressure of Oregon State's pass rush and give QB David Ash enough time to make his reads, there are weaknesses to exploit downfield.
Texas Will Win If...
UT will knock off Oregon State if the Longhorns' defense can force turnovers and limit the explosive Beaver offense.
The Texas D ranks No. 38 in the nation against the pass, which could be the deciding factor against an OSU attack that ranks No. 15 in the country through the air.
There's no question that the Texas offense will be frustrated by the stout OSU front seven, so the Longhorns' defense will need to have one of its best performances of the season.
If Oregon State can get its offense rolling, which means finding Wheaton and Cooks down the field consistently, it will be a very long afternoon for Texas.
But if the Horns can slow the aerial onslaught and play bend-but-don't-break defense, Texas has a great shot to win one for the "home" crowd.
OSU Will Win If...
If the OSU defense can live up to its billing, the pressure will fall on QB Sean Mannion and the offense to carry the Beavs to victory.
It's no secret that Oregon State prefers to pass the ball, as the Beavers rank No. 101 in the nation on the ground, but that hasn't been a problem for Mike Riley's team all year.
Unless the Texas defense can find an answer for the Beavs' ultra-athletic receiving corps, Oregon State should have no trouble putting points on the board.
It would certainly help the cause if RB Storm Woods, who has rumbled for 822 yards and 11 TDs, could also have a solid outing.
But ultimately, OSU's success relies on the passing game, which will need to be running on all cylinders against a talented Texas secondary.
It's tough to predict the outcome of postseason bowls, especially since both teams have nearly a month to prepare and add new wrinkles to their respective game plans.
But based on what we've seen all season, it looks like Oregon State will have too much offensive firepower for Texas to handle.
Couple that with the Beavers' proven defensive prowess and it spells disaster for the Longhorns' chances in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl.
Look for OSU to carve up the UT defense for major passing yardage, while also imposing its will along the defensive line.
Prediction: Oregon State 38, Texas 24