The 2013 NCAA football live stream and televised bowl games schedule brings two more popular teams to the spotlight as the Valero Alamo Bowl will be played on Monday night. In this game, a former BCS Championship contender, the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 will play against the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12. The latest matchup from the televised and live stream NCAA bowl games schedule will be featured for fans through various ESPN sources on Monday night.
The Oregon Live site reported on Dec. 29 that starting linebacker Derrick Malone is among the question marks for the Ducks in tonight's Alamo Bowl at San Antonio. Malone was hurt during the final three weeks of Oregon's season, injuring both a shoulder and a knee over that span of time. His position coach, Don Pellum, said of Malone's status heading into this contest:
"I don’t know. He’s been down for a while and hasn’t done a whole lot (in practice). Until the trainers say that or until he walks out on the field, I don’t know. Often guys think they’re ready to play and can play and they haven’t practiced in a week or two weeks and it’s a lot different when you’re out there and it’s full speed and now all of a sudden you’re in positions that you haven’t been in and those areas are exposed."
Oregon will look to their redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has thrown for 3,142 yards and 30 touchdowns this past season. He's apparently said he's in his healthiest condition since late October when he had a partial tear of his MCL. Should he have a big night in Texas, he could help his Ducks team to a new single-season record for total offense, besting the numbers set in 2011.
For Texas, the game will have quite a bit of emotion added to it, as it will be the last game featuring Mack Brown as head coach. He'll be resigning after coaching for sixteen seasons, and nothing would be a better send-off than a win over a No.10-ranked Oregon team. Brown has noted that the "standard is really high" at the Longhorns' program and he's hoping by stepping down that "some new energy" can get things going again for Texas.
The Longhorns were previously ranked as high as No. 15 in the polls, but faltered, losing two games of their first three earlier this year. They managed to get the upset win over then-No.12 Oklahoma back in October, but lost two of their last three games of the season, including Dec. 7 against Baylor for the Big 12 title. The loss also cost Texas a trip to a BCS bowl, the Fiesta bowl.
On the other side, Oregon looked unstoppable for most of their season, but a Nov. 7 game at Stanford brought them back to reality as they lost 26-20. Several weeks later, they suffered a shocking upset at Arizona, before bouncing back to defeat Oregon State by just a point in the final game of the regular season. That particular win featured late-game heroics with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left.
Oregon still ranks high when it comes to their offense, as they are 20th in passing, but 9th in rushing and third in points for, averaging 46.8 a game. They're also 24th overall in defense, allowing their opponents just 21.6 a game. Texas is nowhere near those categories, although they do rank at 34th in the nation for rushing, as they average 197.6 yards per game on the ground.
Tonight's favorites are the Oregon Ducks, who first opened as 13-point favorites and have since risen as high as 15-point favorites at some sports books. The over/under is set around 68 or 69 points at various books. Weather will not be a factor in tonight's game at the Alamodome. Among the listed injuries are running back Johnathan Gray for Texas who is "out," while Oregon's Byron Marshall is "probable."
Monday night's 2013 Alamo Bowl featuring Oregon vs. Texas has a scheduled start time of 6:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Television coverage is available for cable and satellite TV viewers on ESPN in standard or hi-definition. There's also live streaming online coverage available through the WatchESPN broadband sports network, which is available for select cable and satellite companies. See more info here on availability, restrictions and any possible blackouts by region.