Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Valero Alamo Bowl Preview

Date: December 29, 2012 6:45 PM ET
Stadium: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Payout: $3,175,000 per team
Played: 1993-present
Former Names: N/A
Broadcasters: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman
Sideline Reporter: Quint Kessenich

Texas: The Longhorns ended a two-year slide in the win column, but will still fall short of a 10-win campaign, a feat Texas accomplished for nine consecutive years from 2001 to 2009. Running back Joe Bergeron demonstrated a nose for the end zone, leading the ground game with 16 scores on just 122 carries. Texas has beaten Oregon State in both previous meetings between the two teams, the last being a 61-16 rout in 1987.   

Oregon State: Mike Riley led the Beavers to 6 bowl games in his first 7 seasons, including 5 bowl wins, before failing to become bowl-eligible the past two seasons. That streak ended in 2012 as Oregon State climbed to as high as No. 7 in the AP poll on its way to a nine-win season. Oregon State has 2 capable quarterbacks who combined for over 316 passing yards per game in 2012. Cody Vaz will get the start, but Sean Mannion could see action as well.

Texas Oregon State
Overall Record 8-4 Overall Record 9-3
Conference Record 5-4 Conference Record 6-3
Bowl Record 26-22-2 Bowl Record 8-5
Last Bowl Win 2011 Holiday Last Bowl Win 2008 Sun

All Time Series: 2-0 Texas
Line: Oregon State by 3

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