In one of the best Alamo Bowl matchups in recent memory, the Oregon Ducks will take the field in hopes to avenge their dreadful finish to the season by beating down a tough opponent. Although the Ducks might not have much motivation because they were expecting a national title, they still have too much talent to fall flat once again.
After losing out on a chance to win the Big 12 title, the Texas Longhorns are also amidst talks of the most disappointing teams in the nation based on their preseason expectations. It also looks like head coach Mack Brown may be on his way out of town with a resignation likely.
Oregon has relied heavily upon redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota all season long and they have looked solid on offense when doing so. The Ducks also received some good news when the talented QB announced he would be returning for the 2014 season. Mariota has passed for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns, hitting Josh Huff 57 times for 1,036 yards and 11 scores. Bralon Addison isn’t too far behind with 56 catches for 842 yards and seven touchdowns. Byron Marshall leads the ninth-best rushing attack with 995 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Texas has relied on Case McCoy for the better part of the season after David Ash went down with a devastating injury. McCoy has passed for 1,885 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while Ash had 760 yards and seven touchdowns in a few games to begin the year. Mike Davis leads all receivers with 715 yards and eight touchdowns on 49 catches while Jaxon Shipley has a team-high 55 catches for 581 yards and a score. Malcolm Brown is second on the team in rushing — chasing injured Jonathan Gray‘s team-hig 780 yards — with 774 yards and nine scores.
Defensively, Texas has played poorly this season. The Longhorns rank 56th in the nation in points allowed as well as 60th in yards allowed per game. Oregon has been slightly better, ranking 25th in points allowed per game and 45th in yards allowed per game.
Oregon and Texas will play for the 2013 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, at 6:45 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 30. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Oregon 40, Texas 27
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