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Alamo Bowl betting preview

In a Big 12/Pac-12 battle 8-4 Texas and 9-3 Oregon State meet in the Alamo Bowl Saturday, Dec. 29 in San Antonio (6:45 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Alamo Bowl betting odds were lining the Beavers, who went 6-3 in the Pac-12 this year, as two-point favorites over the Longhorns, who went 5-4 in the Big 12.

Favorites are 4-1 ATS in the past 5 Alamo Bowls, while Oregon State is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 bowl games and Texas is 11-1 SU in its past 12 bowl games. [ More Alamo Bowl betting matchup information and stats ]

View Oregon State vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Fans backing the Longhorns here saw them open at 5Dimes as 1-point underdogs in this college football clash. The total was 57 earlier at Bovada.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 24-ranked offense (36.1 PPG) against a Beavers defense that ranks No. 22 at 19.8 PPG. The Longhorns passing attack has averaged 265 yards per game, more than the Beavers give up through the air (223.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Beavers feature the league's No. 14-rated road run defense, allowing 111.4 yards per game. Texas, meanwhile, ranks No. 49 in rushing offense at home.

Oregon State was a 77-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against Nicholls State. There was no line on the game due to the fact a non-board team was involved. Markus Wheaton was good for 123 receiving yards in the Beavers's most recent action, helping his team to a 77-3 victory over the Colonels.

Texas lost its last outing, a 42-24 result against Kansas State on December 1. Texas failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog, while the 66 combined points took the game OVER the total. Case McCoy handled the Wildcats defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 314 yards, but Texas still lost to Kansas State 42-24.

Oregon State Beavers Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When favored on the road are 6-4

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When an underdog at home are 3-7

A few Beavers at Longhorns trends to consider:
Oregon State is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
Texas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Texas is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games