|2012 Alamo Bowl Odds & Betting Preview: Texas vs. Oregon State|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:30|
Alamo Bowl Odds
Oregon State is 9-3 on the season and 8-4 against the spread while Texas is 8-4 overall and 5-7 against the spread. Both teams have hit the over 6 times on the season. These two teams last met in 1987 with Texas earning a 61-16 victory.
Trends show that Texas is just 1-7-1 against the spread in its last 9 games at a neutral site and 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Oregon State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 neutral site games and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games in December.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Oregon State is the slight favorite in this game, as the Beavers have odds of -3 points against Texas. The over/under total for the game has been set at 57.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had Oregon State favored by 1.5 points. The spread dipped to a low of 1 before making the climb to a peak of Oregon State -3.
Oregon State is coming off a 77-3 win over Nicholls State to end the season. The Beavers went just 3-3 in their final six games after a 6-0 start. Oregon State went 6-3 in Pac-12 play this season. Oregon State scored an average of 33 points per game while the defense allowed only 19.8 points per contest. The Beavers have had solid play out of its receivers as Markus Wheaton has caught 88 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 scores while Brandin Cooks has 64 receptions for 1,120 yards and five touchdowns.
Texas ended the season on a two-game losing streak, suffering losses to TCU and Kansas State. The Longhorns had a disappointing season, going 5-4 in Big 12 play. The offense hasn’t been bad, averaging 36.1 points per game, but the defense has not been solid, allowing 29.4 points per contest for the season. The team has been led by quarterback David Ash, who has thrown for 2,458 yards and 17 touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, Oregon State fullback Tyler Anderson is expected to miss this game with a knee injury while running back Jordan Jenkins is out with a knee injury. Texas defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey (concussion) and tackle Trey Hopkins (leg) are both expected to miss Saturday’s game.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Oregon State. The Beavers are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of -3 points against Texas on Saturday evening.