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Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes are going to spend the next couple weeks wondering about what could have been if they beat the Oregon Ducks in the Pac 12 Championship Game. Utah was the No. 5 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings headed into Championship Week, and the Utes were the betting favorites to be the fourth team in the CFP. No. 4 Georgia was expected to lose to LSU in the SEC Championship Game, opening the door for Utah to take advantage, but instead the Utes fell flat. Utah was smashed by Oregon, losing 37-15 in Santa Clara to wipe away any thoughts of a national championship. It’s a bitter end to one of the most successful seasons in school history, but now Whittingham and the Utes are out to get that taste out of their mouth against the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl. The Utes are favored by a touchdown by the college football betting line as Whittingham is 11-2 in bowl games during his storied career.

Alamo Bowl Odds

Utah Utes -7

Texas Longhorns +7

Total 55

Zack Moss and Tyler Huntley will be playing the last games of their collegiate career in San Antonio on New Year’s Eve. Moss was named the Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year after the Pac 12 Championship Game, but it was a somewhat bittersweet reward after Utah’s loss in the game.

Moss had his most productive season yet in 2019, running for 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 6.2 YPC in surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the third straight season, and he is leaving Salt Lake City as the school’s leading rusher.

Huntley is one of the most efficient passers in the history of Utah football. He had a disappointing end to his career too, but he was fabulous as a senior. Huntley completed 73.7 percent of his passes, averaging 10.7 YPA with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He punished defenses that came up to stop the run in an effort to slow down Moss, and he spread the ball around successfully.

Tight end Brant Kuithe was his top target, and Kuithe will see action as a pass catcher and a runner in short yardage formations. Moss has been an excellent receiver out of the backfield too, and Texas can’t lose sight of him on the field.

The Longhorns have a subpar defense, and they will have a new defensive coordinator for this game after Todd Orlando was fired at the end of the regular season. Safeties coach Craig Naivar will assume the role for at least one game, and that’s a curious decision considering how this team struggled in the back end.

Sam Ehlinger is the key to it all for Texas. The Longhorns’ signal caller had a marvelous year, making Texas one of the best offenses in the country. Ehlinger completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,462 yards this season with 29 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He was the team’s leading rusher if you take out sack yardage too, carrying the ball 120 times for 770 yards and six touchdowns.

Devin Duvernay is one of the best receivers in the country, and Ehlinger looks his way almost exclusively at times. Duvernay’s 103 receptions are nearly three times as many as the next closest Texas receiver (35), and his 1,294 yards are 2.5 times as many as the second-best receiver (518).

The Utes had the best run defense in the country prior to their loss to Oregon. Utah allowed just 2.4 YPC, but Texas will be emboldened after Oregon ran for over 200 yards on this defense. The secondary has been the weak link of this defense for most of the year though.

Regular Season Recap

Utah began the season with a big win over archrival BYU, but the Utes lost their first conference game when they fell to USC. That seriously damaged their College Football Playoff hopes, yet Utah rallied to bulldoze Washington State and Arizona State, and a victory over Washington gave them a chance to sneak back into the picture.

The Utes finished the regular season strong with impressive wins over UCLA, Arizona, and Colorado before their clash with Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship Game. A win likely would have sent Utah to the Peach Bowl as the No. 4 team in the CFP, but Utah was crushed by Oregon and missed out on a conference championship too.

It’s still been one of the most successful seasons in Utah history. This is the Utes’ best record since joining the Pac 12, and they have showed they belong in the conference.

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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