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This has been the worst decade in the history of Texas Longhorns’ football. Texas has won 10 games just once in the 2010s, as Mack Brown lost his mojo after losing the 2009 BCS National Championship and Charlie Strong was unable to right the ship in three seasons in Austin. This proud program has compiled a record of 70-57 this decade, and this season’s downturn has led to increased pressure on Tom Herman. The Longhorns went 10-4 in 2018 and capped off the season with a 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, leading to Texas being ranked in the top ten at the start of the year. Texas failed to deliver on preseason expectations though, leading to Herman firing defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and shaking things up in his coaching staff at the end of the regular season.

Herman will have a chance to lead Texas to its third straight bowl game victory against the Utah Utes in the Alamo Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The Longhorns are seven-point underdogs by the college football betting odds though as Kyle Whittingham has an 11-2 record in bowl season.

Alamo Bowl Odds

Texas Longhorns +7

Utah Utes -7

Total 55

Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns have one of the top offenses in the nation. Texas ranks 11th in offensive SP+, and this team has had little trouble moving the ball against any opponent.

Ehlinger has proved to be an accurate quarterback, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,462 yards with 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He sets himself apart with his running ability though, and he carried the ball 120 times for 770 yards and six touchdowns if you exclude sacks.

Devin Duvernay was his favorite receiver throughout the year, and Duvernay was one of the most targeted wide outs in the nation. He has 103 receptions for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns, more than doubling his teammates in those first two categories. The next leading receiver is Brennan Eagles with 30 receptions for 518 yards and six touchdowns.

Texas has run the ball well this year. The Longhorns have a solid one-two punch in Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson, and both players are averaging more than 5.1 YPC. Unfortunately, Utah is one of the toughest teams in the country to run on, and the Utes’ front seven will be seething after being gashed by Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship Game.

Prior to that performance, Utah had the best run defense in the nation. They led the country in YPC allowed and YPG allowed, but Oregon kept them on the balls of their feet with misdirection. Texas may want to take a page out of that playbook or attack a secondary that USC’s third string quarterback torched earlier in the season.

Utah is quite predictable on offense. The Utes will run the ball with Zack Moss, and they will use the run to set up Tyler Huntley in the passing game. Moss saved his best for last, running for 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 6.2 YPC. Huntley largely thrived off play action, but he made some costly mistakes against Oregon, throwing two interceptions against the Ducks.

Texas will be in for a long day if the Longhorns can’t stop the run. The Longhorns are allowing 6.1 yards per play, but the pass defense has been much worse than the run defense. If Utah can move the chains with Moss, the Utes will be able to do anything they want in this game, and that could mean a blowout loss for the Longhorns.

Regular Season Recap

Texas didn’t leave the Lone Star State until October. The Longhorns played their first four games inside state borders, hammering Louisiana Tech and Rice in non-conference play but falling to undefeated LSU at home. They only lost that game 45-38, but that final wasn’t indicative of how thoroughly the Tigers dominated the Longhorns, foreshadowing what was to come.

The Longhorns squeaked past Oklahoma State and West Virginia before facing Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, and they fell to the Sooners once again in Dallas. They were nearly stunned at home by Kansas the following week, and they fell apart on defense against TCU at the end of October to fall to 5-3.

Texas had a bye week after the loss to regroup, and the Longhorns finally beat a ranked team when they knocked off Kansas State in Austin. Unfortunately, they failed to build on the victory, falling in back-to-back weeks to Iowa State and Baylor.

In their regular season finale, the Longhorns fell behind Texas Tech 14-0 at home and seemed to be in danger of finishing the year at .500. However, Ehlinger and the offense turned things up a notch. Texas carved up the Red Raiders’ defense to the tune of 610 yards in a 49-24 win.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

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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