The Texas Longhorns have had one coach for the past 16 seasons. On Monday, Mack Brown will coach his final game for the University of Texas after winning a national title and two Big 12 Conference championships at the school. An emotional football betting evening in San Antonio awaits for the Longhorns, both the players on the field and the fans who will be in attendance.
Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns
Monday, December 30 – 6:45 PM ET
Odds: Oregon -14.5
The Texas Longhorns went 8-4 this season, while the Oregon Ducks went 10-2. Oregon has been one of the better programs in college football over the past five years, while Texas – a school that reached the 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Alabama – has not been the same since that specific game. Because of the total lack of productivity over the past four seasons – no January bowl games and no 10-win seasons – Brown lost his hold on the Texas job. The Longhorns are looking for a head coach at the present time and will probably not announce a replacement until after this game. Brown gets to coach the bowl game and then face a decision to either retire, seek a new head coaching job, or work in the Texas athletic department. How the Longhorns react to Brown’s situation and the moment in San Antonio will play a part in determining how close this game is.
For Oregon, this game is all about the Ducks’ attitude. Will Oregon focus on this game and treat it as a big deal, or will this team – which lost heart after losing to Stanford in early November – remain depressed in response to being in a lower-level bowl game? The Ducks have a lot more athleticism and skill than the Longhorns, but will they put in the effort? The feeling here is that Oregon will have enough to win, but Texas’ determination will probably keep the spread under two touchdowns.
Pick: Texas +14.5