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2019 Alamo Bowl - Utah Utes vs Texas Longhorns

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The Utah Utes came so close to reaching the College Football Playoff and ending years of frustration for the Pac-12. Instead they become the sixth different team to represent the conference in the last six years at the Valero Alamo Bowl and will take on a Texas Longhorns squad that looks to salvage their season. The matchup between the Pac-12 and Big 12 has provided some memorable moments over the years with five of the last six games decided by six points or less. Utah is a 7-point favorite to get its 12th win of the season.

2019 Valero Alamo Bowl at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Utah Utes vs. Texas Longhorns

Odds: Utah -7, total 55

Alamo Bowl Preview

Utah was a win over Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship away from a likely berth in its first CFP. Those dreams were dashed with a 37-15 thumping by the Ducks, leaving Utah at 11-2 on the year. The Utes will regret an early season loss to USC that left them scrambling in the league’s South Division. Winning their final eight conference games allowed them to overtake the Trojans and play for the title. And they leaned on one of the best defensive units in the country until the last outing. They finished the regular season No. 1 in the FBS in rush defense allowing only 70.5 yards per game. The Utes also finished third in total defense and sixth in scoring defense.

With 11 wins the Utes enjoyed their finest season since joining the conference in 2011, topping the 10-win campaign of 2015. And they’ve had a nice run in postseason play. They are 5-1 in bowl games as a member of the Pac with the only loss coming in last year’s Holiday Bowl, 31-20, to Northwestern. The club received good news when Zack Moss stated he will play in the Alamo Bowl. Moss rushed for 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Huntley threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 18 scores to form a formidable backfield duo. The Utes are third in the Pac-12 in scoring and fourth in total offense.

Were the Longhorns overrated or just not that good? Entering the season No. 10 in the national rankings, Texas opened with four wins in its first five games with the only setback to LSU in a close encounter. They ended the season with just three wins in the last seven games with two of those victories by a combined five points over Kansas and Kansas State. The Horns closed the last two seasons with bowl wins, upsetting Georgia in last season’s Sugar Bowl and knocking off Missouri in the 2017 Texas Bowl. The Horns are making their record-tying fourth trip to the Alamo Bowl and can match Nebraska’s win total of three.

After a disappointing 7-5 finish to the regular season Tom Herman shook up his coaching staff by firing defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and reassigning OC Tim Beck. After giving up a bunch of yards and points, the change on defense wasn’t totally unexpected. The group allowed at least 23 points in each of the final nine games and ranked 107th in the FBS allowing 446.3 yards per game. Behind Sam Ehlinger, who passed for 3,462 yards and 29 touchdowns while rushing for 590 yards, the Horns placed third in the Big 12 in total offense and points per game.

Alamo Bowl Format

Sticking with a grass roots effort, the Alamo Bowl originally gave an automatic bid to a team from the Southwest Conference, which had most of its members based in Texas. For the inaugural game, however, the SWC didn’t qualify enough teams and organizers invited the Iowa Hawkeyes to compete against Cal in the first-ever tilt on December 31, 1993.

After the SWC disbanded in 1996, the bowl reached an agreement with the Big 12 Conference, which remains in place today. For the next 14 years a Big 12/Big Ten matchup was featured at the Alamo Bowl with at least one top-25 team competing, and four times both teams were nationally ranked in the AP poll.

Organizers reached an agreement with the then Pac-10 Conference in 2009 to replace the Big Ten. Since the 2010 season playing, the Pac-12 has sent its second-choice to the Alamo Bowl with the Big 12 sending its third. The game has been such a success that agreements were reached with both conferences extending their affiliation with the Alamo Bowl to 2025.

Valero Alamo Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Washington State Iowa State 28-26
2017 TCU Stanford 39-37
2016 Oklahoma State Colorado 38-8
2015 TCU Oregon (OT) 47-41 (3OT)
2014 UCLA Kansas State 40-35
2013 Oregon Texas 30-7
2012 Texas Oregon State 31-27
2011 Baylor Washington 67-56
2010 Oklahoma State Arizona 36-10
2009 Texas Tech Michigan State 41-31
2008 Missouri Northwestern (OT) 30-23 (OT)
2007 Penn State Texas AM 24-17
2006 Texas Iowa 26-24
2005 Nebraska Michigan 32-28
2004 Ohio State Oklahoma State 33-7
2003 Nebraska Michigan State 17-3
2002 Wisconsin Colorado (OT) 31-28 (OT)
2001 Iowa Texas Tech 19-16
2000 Nebraska Northwestern 66-17

Since its inception the Alamo Bowl has struck oil. Having two heavyweight conferences send a competing team in the first few years, which also happened to be close to home – except for the initial contest – was more than organizers could ask for. And now, the game pits top teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences.

For the first time in its history five top-25 matchups have been played over the past five seasons, making the Alamo Bowl one of the more intriguing bowl games, at least to fans in the western part of the United State. Having its pick of teams after the CFP, the Alamo Bowl hasn’t experienced a problem getting teams from the agreed upon conferences, and having ties to its part of Texas, the Big 12 has helped the game attract nearly 60,000 fans annually.

The 2011 matchup between Baylor and Washington produced one of the highest scoring bowl games in history. Behind that season’s Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the Bears held on for a 67-56 win. The 2015 season game saw a three-overtime thriller between No. 11 TCU and No. 15 Oregon.

The Horned Frogs fell behind 31-0 at halftime but turned the tables in the second half, holding the Ducks scoreless after quarterback Vernon Adams left with an injury.

TCU won for the second time in three seasons, beating Stanford, 39-37, in the 2017 game. The contest matched the 1995 and 2006 contests as the closest in Alamo Bowl history, and the 2018 also followed suit as Washington State squeaked past Iowa State by a score of 28-26 last year.

Most All-Time Wins at Valero Alamo Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
3 Nebraska 2000, 2003, 2005
2 TCU 2015, 2017
2 Iowa 1996, 2001
2 Oklahoma State 2010, 2016
2 Penn State 1999, 2007
2 Purdue 1997, 1998
2 Texas 2006, 2012
2 Washington State 1994, 2018

The Big 12 has sent a representative to the Alamo Bowl each year since the conference was created in 1996 and owns a 12-10 record. The Big Ten’s affiliation ran from 1995 to 2009, but the Iowa Hawkeyes, along with Oklahoma State, have appeared in the most games. Iowa played in the inaugural contest as an at-large team after the SWC failed to supply a bowl-eligible representative.

Nebraska won a bowl record three games while a member of the Big 12. It’s unlikely we’ll see the Cornhuskers add to that total after they moved to the Big Ten.

After losing the Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma in 2002, the Colorado Buffaloes played in their first Alamo Bowl. Ranked No. 14 at the time, the Buffs were upset 31-28 in the bowl’s first overtime contest. Colorado returned as a member of the Pac-12 in 2016, losing 38-8 to Oklahoma State. The Buffs were ranked No. 10 and the Cowboys No. 12, pitting the two highest ranked opponents against each other in the bowls 25-year history.

Washington State joined a packed list of programs with two Alamo Bowl victories by knocking off Iowa State in 2018. The Cougars won here for the first time way back in 1994.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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