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2012 Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon State game preview, location, history and more

Texas is looking to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since they won five in a row from 2004-08.

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The Texas Longhorns are taking a short trip to San Antonio to face the Oregon St. Beavers in the Alamo Bowl. Texas is looking to salvage a season that was expected to be a return to dominance. The Longhorns are ranked, but they just are not quite back to their dominant self from a few years ago.

Oregon State had one of the best turnaround seasons from any team this year, winning six more games than last season. This is also the Beavers' first bowl game since they played BYU in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl.

The key story in this game is the starting quarterbacks. Texas recently named David Ash the starting quarterback over Case McCoy. Ash missed Texas' final game against Kansas State due to suffering a rib injury against TCU.

As for Oregon State, they decided to have Cody Vaz start over Sean Mannion. Vaz took over for Mannion in the middle of the season due to a knee injury, and even though Mannion started the season finale, head coach Mike Riley elected to go back to Vaz for the bowl game.

Game date and time

Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m. CT

Location

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Spread

Oregon State is favored by 3.5 points

TV schedule

ESPN

Watch online

WatchESPN

Radio schedule

ESPN Radio

Last year’s game

Baylor defeated Washington, 67-56.

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