The Utah Utes (11-2) head to San Antonio at the end of December to battle the Texas Longhorns (7-5) in the 2019 Alamo Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on December 31st at the Alamodome and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Utah is currently listed as a 7-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 55 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Alamo Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Utah vs Texas
Texas snapped a two game losing streak their last time out, crushing Texas Tech 49-24 at home to finish the regular season 7-5 overall. The Longhorns racked up 22 points in the second quarter alone en route to a double-digit victory. QB Sam Ehlinger played well, going 19/27 for 348 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also scampering for 83 rushing yards and a score on the ground. RB Roschon Johnson also got in on the scoring parade, torching the Red Raiders for 105 yards and three touchdowns on a team-high 23 carries. As a a whole, Texas averaged 35 points and well over 450 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Longhorns weren’t nearly as impressive on the other side of the ball this year, giving up close to 30 points and 450 total yards of offense per game. Texas was especially poor defending against the pass, getting lit up for an average of 306 yards through the air on a weekly basis.
Utah saw their eight game winning streak come to an end in early December after falling 37-15 against Oregon in the PAC-12 Championship Game. The Utes gave up 20 unanswered points in the first half and never fully recovered despite outscoring the Ducks 15-3 in the third quarter. QB Tyler Huntley wasn’t at his best, throwing two interceptions and going 17/29 for 193 passing yards through the air. RB Zack Moss led the way on the ground, rumbling for 113 yards on a team-high 19 carries. Moss also found the end zone through the air, hitting pay dirt on one of his four catches for 57 yards. Overall, Utah averaged 34 points and close to 450 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Utes were exceptional defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 13 points and just over 250 total yards of offense per game. Utah really did a fantastic job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, surrendering under 75 rushing yards per outing.
2019 Alamo Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Utah -7
I really don’t see a ton of value with either side against the spread in the 2019 Alamo Bowl, as the Utes should find a way to win this game outright while Texas certainly has a pretty decent shot at keeping things fairly close throughout. I suppose I’m leaning just slightly towards laying the touchdown and rolling with Utah on Tuesday evening. They certainly were the more impressive team during the regular season, going 11-2 overall and a rock-solid 9-4 ATS as well. The Longhorns were pretty average for the most part, going 8-5 straight up and just .500 against the spread.
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It is also important to note that Utah has now covered the number in four out of their last six outings away from Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes are also a very impressive 8-1 against the spread over their last nine games overall and a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five battles against opponents from the BIG 12 Conference. On the other side, Texas is just 2-4 against the spread over their last six outings and a dreadful 1-5 outright in their last six games against opponents from the PAC-12 Conference. I’ll lay the touchdown and take my chances with the favorite in this particular matchup – give me Utah to cover the number in the 2019 Alamo Bowl!