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December means more than Christmas lights and jingle bells to San Antonio. Since the first game in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has created excitement and pageantry in San Antonio. The Bowl annually wraps up the end of December with thrilling games in front of capacity crowds and record television ratings.
The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases two of the premier college football conferences in the Big 12 and Pac-12. The Alamo Bowl has quickly become one of the most popular bowls in the country, producing some of the most-watched bowl games in ESPN history while selling out five of the last seven years. This year's game is Monday, December 30 at 5:45 p.m. and will feature the #1 Pac-12 team against the #2 Big 12 team after the BCS selections. The 2014-2019 games will feature the #1 Pac-12 team against the #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff group selection.
It’s never too early to start up the debate on who will make an appearance in this year’s game. Just three weeks into the season, the landscapes of both the Big 12 & Pac 12 are as murky as ever. With a slew of unexpected upsets thus far, both conferences look to be wide open. As conference play kicks off for the majority of FBS teams over the next two weeks, college football is finally in full swing.
- Big 12
The Big 12 entered this season largely unresolved and remains so at this point in the year. With nine teams breaking in a Quarterback who wasn’t their full time starter last year, the conference has had a period of adjustment to endure. However, with four teams ranked in the AP Top 25, the horizon looks plenty bright enough for the league. With only one Big 12 school currently projected to make the BCS, the possibilities for who will be selected for the Valero Alamo Bowl are plentiful. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports projects TCU to make the trip to San Antonio this December. The Horned Frogs have been a popular Alamo Bowl selection since the preseason. Another team thought to have strong Valero Alamo Bowl chances is the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners, who have never played in the Alamo Bowl, started San Antonio native Trevor Knight at quarterback until he went down with an injury. There is no doubt Sooner Nation would make for an exciting bowl week in the Alamo city.
The Pac-12 has been building steam quickly through the first three weeks of the season. After an impressive showing against the Big 10 this past weekend, five Pac-12 teams find themselves among the AP Top 25. BCS expert Jerry Palm currently projects UCLA to be the team selected to face off against TCU. UCLA is coming off an impressive road win against a ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers squad. The Bruins jumped up three spots and land at 13 in the most recent AP Top 25. Another school projected to boast a strong case for Alamo Bowl selection come December is the Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU sports one of the most electrifying offenses in the country, and proved in their victory against Wisconsin that they can play at a high level during a big game. The Washington Huskies are also thought to be strong contenders in the Pac-12 this season. History would suggest that Oregon & Stanford's recent BCS streak may come to an end this season. The powerful duo has dominated the conference as of late, with both schools earning BCS bids for the past three seasons. Multiple media outlets have tabbed the Ducks as Alamo Bowl bound throughout the preseason.
With so many teams playing well at this point in the season, the possibilities for the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl are endless. If you are interested in following weekly Alamo Bowl projections, be sure to follow us on Twitter or "like" us on Facebook.
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