Oregon vs Texas Preview

Alamo Bowl – December 30, 2013

Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns

Monday Evening at 6:45PM, it’s the Oregon Ducks vs. the Texas Longhorns at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. This match marks the final game that Mack Brown will be coaching at Texas who was set to resign after his 16th season in Austin, TX.

In recent weeks, this has become somewhat of a distraction for the Texas program bringing Bill Powers (school president) along with Steve Patterson, the new athletic director at Texas, to inform coach Brown that he could choose to remain coach of the Longhorns. However, Brown has decided to do otherwise. “I felt like I could stay,” Brown said. “I really felt like it wasn’t best for the university to stay.”

Mack Brown, who was at a salary over $5 million a year under a contract until 2020, will be staying as a special consultant to school president Powers. “I sincerely want to get back to the top and that’s why I’m stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”

Between 2001 to 2009, coach led his Texas Longhorns who averaged 11.2 wins, won the national championship after being undefeated in 2005 and claimed two Big 12 titles. The Texas Longhorns (8-4) started out the season ranked 15th but then lost two of its first three, putting the pressure on Brown.

“The standard is really high here,” said coach Mack Brown, whose 158 wins with the Texas Longhorns ranks just behind the late Darrell Royal, who claimed 167 victories. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that.”

Texas will need to pull it all together Monday night when they meet the Oregon Ducks (10-2) on the field. The Ducks rank second in the FBS with an average of 573.0 total yards. Quarterback Mariota, a Heisman Trophy candidate for most of the season, has completed 63.1 percent of passes for 3,412 yards, four interceptions and 30 touchdowns.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Texas Longhorns

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be heading to Austin, Texas this weekend to take on the Texas Longhorns. The No.12 Cowboys (8-1, 5-1) will be meeting the No. 24 Longhorns  (7-2, 6-0) this Saturday at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in one of the biggest matchups of the Big 12 2013 season. While Texas might have lost their last two home games to Oklahoma State, the Longhorns are leading the overall series 23-4 over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A win for Texas this Saturday would give the Longhorns their seventh straight Big 12 win, keeping the hope of a Big 12 title alive.

Mounting injuries are a major concern for Texas right now and leave them little room for error. Although the Texas Longhorns claimed victory over West Virginia 47-40 last Saturday in overtime, the Longhorns were also dealt a pair of major blows. Running back Johnathan Gray was lost with a torn Achilles tendon and defensive tackle Chris Whaley took an injury to his left knee for the season. This was just added on to the fact that the Texas Longhorns had previously lost quarterback David Ash to a concussion and linebacker Jordan Hicks who like Gray was lost to a torn Achilles tendon. Regardless of injury, Texas has been able to overcome to win six straight.

“We’ve gone through this on both sides of the ball with David and Jordan Hicks,” junior center Dominic Espinosa said. “Those were two guys that were big leaders in the beginning of the season, and now something similar is happening with Chris Whaley and Johnathan Gray.

“We got these last three games and we control our own fate,” senior guard Brandon Webb said. “If we win out, we do what we want to do and we’ll leave it up to the BCS poll after that, but right now, we’re going for the Big 12 championship and so are these next three teams in front of us, so we just got to prepare.”

Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns


The Oklahoma Sooners have been dominating the Texas Longhorns by a 146-58 margin. Oklahoma has taken the win on the last three games in the series, which doesn’t look good for the Longhorns when they take on the No. 12 Sooners again this Saturday. The battle will be taking place at the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas and Oklahoma fans seem to be gearing up for another win.

Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns

“I don’t want to talk about last year. This isn’t the 2012 Texas Longhorns.” That’s what Texas junior defensive back Quandre Diggs had to say but the 2013 Longhorn defense isn’t looking too good either. Previously ranked No. 15, the Longhorns suffered a 40-21 loss against BYU in the second game. The day after Texas gave up a school record 550 yards rushing against BYU, coach Mack Brown fired their second year coordinator Manny Diaz. When you fire the coordinator after two games – that’s not a good sign.

The Texas Longhorns came back with a win over Kansas State. Another win for the Longhorns came with a field goal in the last 4 minutes against the Iowa State Cyclones. However, when it comes to the Sooners, Texas will need to makes sure they don’t give up a big lead early on. That’s been the Longhorns fate for the last two years. In each year against the Longhorns, the Oklahoma Sooners have had the game in the bag by halftime.

“They were more physical than us,” Coach Brown said. “The games were over before they started.”

A lot of fans were hoping to see the Texas Longhorns become a Big 12 winner this year but that hasn’t been working out so good. The Longhorns are looking slightly overmatched against the unbeaten Sooners. What do you think will happen this Saturday? Will the Longhorns come out of their slump against the Sooners?