The December 29 college football bowl slate is full of interesting matchups with an intriguing one going on at the Valero Alamo Bowl between the 8-4 Texas Longhorns and the 9-3 Oregon State Beavers inside the Alamodome in San Antonio at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time. This is a game where the winner will be able to carry some momentum into next season after disappointing endings to their regular seasons. There is also the contrast in styles with more rushing from Texas and more passing from Oregon State.
Texas must rush the ball well to win this game. The Longhorns are 8-0 when rushing for over 136 yards and are 0-4 when they don’t reach that number. Oregon State must use their passing game to control the clock and if the Beavers can hit a big play or two, that will make life difficult on Texas. The Beavers also must run the ball for over 100 yards in my opinion because keeping Texas off-balance may be the deciding factor.
This is a game that looks like Oregon State’s to lose in my opinion. The passing game and the underachieving cornerbacks for Texas should allow Oregon State to control time of possession and change the Texas game plan. I’ll go with Oregon State 31-21 to get an Alamo Bowl victory. This is definitely a game that will come down to the final 15 minutes to decide a winner but I don’t think the Texas ground game will be able to compete with the Oregon State passing attack. It looks like a great day to be a Beaver.
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