After a lot of ‘what ifs’ and ‘wait and see’, the Alamo Bowl has invited No. 10 Oregon ( 10-2 ) to play the University of Texas ( 8-4 ) on December 30th in San Antonio.
Oregon and Duck nation held out hope a BCS invitation would be extended to them to play in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, however that bid was extended to the Oklahoma Sooners who beat in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Although the Sooners and the Ducks held identical 10-2 records, Brad Edwards of ESPN cited the late season loss to Arizona was one of the factors that likely swayed the Sugar Bowl committee.
In addition to the late season loss, Edwards also suggested another factor in the committee’s choice to select Oklahoma was the new contract that ties the Big 12 to the Sugar Bowl beginning in 2014.
Below is the list of BCS Bowl’s and each games match-up.
* BCS National Championship - Florida State ( 13-0 ) vs Auburn ( 12-1 )
* Orange Bowl - Clemson ( 10-2 ) vs Ohio State ( 12-1 )
* Sugar Bowl - Alabama ( 11-1 ) vs Oklahoma ( 10-2 )
* Fiesta Bowl - Oklahoma State ( 10-2 ) vs Univ. of Central Florida ( 11-1 )
* Rose Bowl - Stanford ( 11-2 ) vs Michigan State ( 12-1 )
The 21st Valero Alamo Bowl will mark the sixth consecutive bowl appearance for Oregon and 21st in 25 seasons. The Ducks string of consecutive BCS bowl bids ends at four, one of only six teams in the BCS era to accomplish that feat.
Oregon is coming off back-to-back bowl victories, beating No. 7 Kansas State in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl (35-17) and No. 9 Wisconsin in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game (45-38).
The Longhorns, which fell out of the AP Top 25 poll after yesterday’s loss to Big 12 champion Baylor, will be the Ducks’ first unranked bowl opponent since Wake Forest in the 2002 Seattle Bowl.
“It is a great honor for the Ducks to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl,” said Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
“Our team will be very excited to represent the University of Oregon and the Pac 12 Conference in San Antonio.
“Competing against an iconic Texas football program will present a tremendous challenge that will spur our preparation.”
Oregon is the third-highest ranked team to ever play in the Alamo Bowl behind No. 4 Kansas State in 1998 and No. 8 Northwestern in 2000.
The Ducks are coming off their sixth straight 10-win season, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak in FBS history.
Oregon is the only program in the nation to finish the regular season ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press top 25 poll the past five seasons.
* 21st Annual Valero Alamo Bowl - Oregon ( 10-2 ) vs Texas ( 8-4 )
Monday December 30th – ( 5:45 pm Central Time )