The #11 Utah Utes (11-2) topped the Pac-12 South with an 8-1 record. The Utes played the #13 Oregon Ducks for the conference championship. The Ducks trounced Utah 37-15 to take the title. In the Big 12, the Texas Longhorns (7-5) finished with a 5-4 record. That tied them with three other teams for third place. The #7 Baylor Bears finished second in the conference and the #4 Oklahoma Sooners were first.
2019 Alamo Bowl Pick – Regular Season
Our 2019 Alamo Bowl pick notes that the Texas Longhorns had one winning streak all season. It was for three games and went from September 14 through October 5. The Longhorns opened the season going 4-1. But that one loss was a big one as the #9 Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas 34-27. In their last seven games, Texas went 3-4. During that time, they beat #16 Kansas State 27-24. On November 23, #14 Baylor beat the Longhorns 24-10. They did win their final game of the season, beating Texas Tech 49-24.
Utah Utes vs Texas Longhorns – Stats
While Utah focuses mainly on their rush attack and Texas their passing game, the major difference between these two teams is on defense. The Utes allowed opponents a paltry 13.2 PPG. In contrast, the Texans gave up 28.9 PPG. In connection to points allowed, the Utes gave up a total of 256.2. Consequently, they permitted just 185.9 YPG in the air and 70.3 YPG on the ground. In relationship to those stats, the Texas D allowed 446.3 YPG. Of those 446.3 defensive yards, a total of 306.4 YPG were passing and 139.8 YPG were rushing.
Utah at Texas – Players
The Utes and Longhorns both have fine offenses. Utah has both a solid pass and rush attack. The Longhorns possess lots of options on offense. However, as noted, and this is in terms of stats and players, the Utes are much better situated when it comes to defense.
Our 2019 Alamo Bowl pick notes that this team has some amazing defensive players, including DE Bradlee Anae who bring 12.6 sacks to this contest. DB Julian Blackmon grabbed four picks and defended four passes, while LB Devin Lloyd, who posted 5.5 sacks, leads the team with 85 total tackles. DB Jaylon Johnson, a star in the secondary, is skipping the game. The Utes have recorded 30 sacks, 13 INTs, and 52 PD. They’ve forced 10 fumbles and recovered eight. The D has scored six touchdowns.
The Longhorns have nine FF and seven recoveries as well as 12 INTs and 42 PD. Sacks total 22. DB D’Shawn Jamison comes to this game with three picks and three PD. DB Brandon Jones leads the team with 64 solo tackles and 86 total tackles. Plus, he has two picks and four PD.
Five Keys to the Game
In creating our 2019 Alamo Bowl pick, we acknowledge these keys to the game:
Offenses closely matched
Texas D is giving up lots of points and yards
Utah D is stingy and unrelenting
Texas was middle of the pack in Big 12
Utes topped division in Pac-12 for a reason
Our 2019 Alamo Bowl Pick
Our 2019 Alamo Bowl pick likes the Utes a lot. They have just about their entire cadre of premium players on hand. This team, like Texas, can score. But, unlike the Longhorns, Utah’s defense is stellar. We’re taking Utah at -7.0. Plus, we’re going with the over at 54. Utah should score at least 40 and Texas a good 20.