Can Texas Cool Down Washington?
The Alamo Bowl gets a high-profile matchup featuring the Texas Longhorns and the Washington Huskies. The Longhorns ended their season with wins in three out of their last four, including a dominant 55-14 win over Kansas.
Meanwhile, the Huskies have only lost two games but obviously played a bit of a weaker schedule in the Pac-12.
Both teams have tantalizing offensive weapons, so this should be an entertaining game. The question is, which is the best option versus the college football odds?
Texas Missing Its Superstar
Texas will be playing this game without superstar running back Bijan Robinson as he’s preparing for the NFL. The loss in the backfield will limit what the Longhorns are able to do in the run game, but they still have talented fill-ins.
They’re also without backup Roschon Johnson, who also declared for the NFL Draft, so they’ll be turning to Keilan Robinson and Jonathan Brooks to carry some of the load.
If you bet online, note that Texas has been strong in bowl games lately. This is going to be its third appearance in the Alamo Bowl in the past four years. The Longhorns have won 13 out of their last 17 bowl appearances.
As the program continues to rebuild, they should be up for this game. They should have plenty of offensive success against a Washington defense that coughed up 32 points or more in five of their last eight.
Washington Ready to Shake Things Up
The Huskies haven’t been in a bowl game in years as they’ve transitioned from Chris Peterson’s annual success to his successors trying to find their way. Now that they have an opportunity.
Washington closed the season with six straight wins behind a high-flying offense. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. announced to the team that he’s returning for another season, providing a boost in this game.
Washington currently leads the nation in both third-down conversions and passing, with this being the one thing that Texas struggled with this season.
The Huskies will aim to take advantage of Texas’ secondary and air it out. After all, they’ve thrown for 330 yards or more in all but four games all season.
Texas vs Washington Injuries
Texas vs Washington Head-to-Head
These teams haven’t met up in years, making this a rare matchup.
Texas vs Washington Game Information
- Game: Texas (8-4) vs Washington (10-2)
- Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Texas vs Washington Live Stream: ESPN
Texas vs Washington Betting Lines
Texas vs Washington Picks & Prediction
Texas has been a phenomenal choice for college football picks when it comes to bowl games, but this one won’t be easy. If you’re handicapping this game in the sportsbook, consider the over.
Even with Bijan Robinson out, Washington’s offense and defense should dictate a high-scoring affair. The Huskies will move the ball comfortably and give up lots of yards and points too. Take the over.
The Texas Longhorns are listed at -160 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Texas Longhorns, you have a chance to win $63. The Washington Huskies are +140, offering a chance to win $140 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Texas Longhorns a 61.54% chance to win, with the Washington Huskies at 41.67%.