The Texas Longhorns will have a home-field advantage in the Valero Alamo Bowl. This game will be played in San Antonio, and the crowd should be full of Longhorn fans. Unfortunately for Steve Sarkisian’s squad, they’ll be missing many key players due to opt-outs and injuries. That will be good news for their opponents, the Washington Huskies, as they will be very close to full strength.Let’s now take a look at the Alamo Bowl matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Washington Huskies. We’ll preview both teams, and then give you our prediction on who will win the matchup, for your bets between the Big 12 and Pac-12.
College Football Bowl | Do the Longhorns Have Enough Left to Win?
Arguably the best running back in the nation, Bijan Robinson, has opted not to play for the Longhorns in this one. Robinson’s backup has also opted out of the game. Quinn Ewers hasn’t been as good as predicted, and many have been disappointed in his play. He has been surrounded by some very good weapons, and he hasn’t been able to take advantage of his situation. With Arch Manning set to come to Texas next season, could we be seeing the end of Ewers at Texas?
This is Ewers’ chance to shine. Washington’s pass defense gives up over 240 yards passing per game. Ewers and wide receiver Xavier Worthy will make things difficult for the poor Washington secondary. Without much of a running game left, we see Sarkisian airing the ball out against the Huskies defense.
Michael Penix Jr. is excited to be playing in his first bowl game. He has led the Washington offense all season long, and this is one of the top units in the country. The Huskies average over 520 yards of offense per game. They also average over 40 points per game. Penix threw for over 330 yards in all but four of Washington’s games this season.
We also can’t forget to talk about Washington’s rushing attack. The Huskies are a very physical team, and when they run for over 140 yards, they’re 4-0 on the season. Washington hasn’t had turnover issues all season long, and Texas doesn’t cause many turnovers, so we look for the Huskies to try and dominate the ball.
First of all, we’ve talked about how explosive each of the team’s offenses are. The over-under in this one is 67. We’ll be shocked if this one doesn’t hit the over. With both teams having dominant offenses, and neither team having a real strong defense, we see a lot of points being scored in this one.
The Longhorns are favored to win by three points. Even though they are missing Robinson, the oddsmakers still think that Texas is the better team. We actually disagree with this assessment. With Texas missing so many key players, while Washington is basically at full strength, we think the Huskies have the advantage. We think that Michael Penix Jr. will have a huge game, and the Huskies will win this one by the score of 48-42.