Alamo Bowl Football Betting -- Longhorns and Ducks Bid Farewell to Coaches Tonight in San Antonio

When they line up for the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio against the Oregon Ducks, they will be doing so for the last time under head coach Mack Brown, who has been forced from his job. This game begins at 6:45 PM ET at the Alamo Dome. 

In the Alamo Bowl football betting lines that have been posted at BetAnySports on this game, Oregon is laying considerable points: 
College football bettors know all about the explosiveness of Oregon's offense, which has a committee of "plug and play" running backs (Byron Marshall and De'Anthony Thomas among them) and a quarterback in Marcus Mariota who was considered a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate until late in the season. Mariota, in fact, went through the first ten games of the season without throwing an interception, during which time he had 25 touchdown passes. That constitutes a tremendous level of efficiency. 
In the last two games, Mariota had four interceptions, but those Alamo Bowl football bettors who were observing this situation closely know that he's had a sprained MCL ligament for the past five games. With the extra time to rest, Mariota says he feels so good that he is going to take the brace off his knee. 
The program at Texas (the +465 underdog in the BetAnySports money line here) has gone through a series of highs and lows this season. Not only have they had more than their share of injuries, including one at the quarterback position that forced a change form David Ash to Case McCoy (who has only 11 TD's and 11 INT's on the year), but they made a change during the season on the coaching staff. After giving up a whopping 550 yards on the ground to BYU in an early 40-21 loss, Manny Diaz was "reassigned" and Greg Robinson, who's worked at a number of different stops in college and the pros, was taken out of his job at the Longhorn Network and put on the sidelines. 
Football bettors certainly saw improvement on the defensive side, and Texas went through a stretch where it won six straight games and was squarely in contention for the Big 12 crown, but the 'Horns ultimately could not take the heat off Brown, who also lost his booster in the athletic department when DeLoss Dodds announced his retirement. As the regular season came to an end, Brown was told that he had lost support from the university president, and tendered his resignation. However, Texas has not named any replacement yet, and Brown is not going to cheat his players by making an early exit before the bowl game. Alamo Bowl bettors should not expect them to cheat HIM with their effort. 
At the same time, Texas has had problems with these high-paced offenses. Oregon runs almost a "hurry-up" attack without a huddle, much like BYU (which is second-fastest in the country in getting plays off). When the Longhorns have lost, they've lost big, with all four defeats by 19 points or more. 
Meanwhile, NCAA football bettors at BetAnySports should take note that Oregon is saying goodbye to one of its staff members as well. Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who's had 17 years on the job, has announced his retirement, and an inspired effort by this stop unit, which is not considered Oregon's strength, could make things very difficult for the limited McCoy, who is not exactly in a position to help the 'Horns trade points.

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