9-3 (6-2), 2nd Big 12 - South Division
6-6 (2-6), 8th Big Ten
The Alamo Bowl matches up two teams that are coming into the game on a bit of a losing streak. First the Longhorns have lost their last two games. Their loss against Kansas State spoiled their BCS title hopes and two weeks later their loss against Texas A&M ruined any hopes they had for the Big 12 Championship. For the Iowa Hawkeyes it is a bit worse. The started the season winning their first four games but proceeded to lose 6 of their next 8 games, including their final three. These were two teams that at the beginning of the season were mentioned as National Title contenders.
Iowa's leader Drew Tate has had a rough year with the losses and the injuries. He is hoping that the Hawkeyes can pull off the upset to cap off his senior season. Tate has thrown for 2349 yards in 10 games with 16 touchdowns, but it is his 12 interceptions that seem to creep up at the most inopportune time. Albert Young is the leading rusher with 715 yards even only play in 10 of the 12 games. Damian Sims is another good back in the backfield with over 600 yards on the ground.
Texas will have Colt McCoy for this game, he was cleared a few days ago to play. McCoy had a rough early part of the season but rebounded big time to throw for 2262 yards with 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He completed an astonishing 69 percent of his passes. Jamaal Charles is the team's leading rusher with over 800 yards and 7 touchdowns. On the outside Linus Sweed is McCoy's favorite target with 731 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Longhorns' CB and Thorpe Winner Aaron Ross was hospitalized after a car accident but cleared to play. Ross had 5 interceptions on the year. Michael Griffin is second on the team with 4 interceptions.
This game matches up two great named teams, but overall I think this game will stink. I don't know why the Alamo Bowl took Iowa with 2 wins in their conference over Purdue. They probably travel better or maybe Purdue was here too many times in years past, but as far as the game goes Texas is going to win this one easy. Iowa will not be able to stop Sweed on the outside and the Texas defensive front seven is going to be laying out Drew Tate all day. I have said all along that Iowa was the most overrated team coming into this year and Texas will once again prove my point. The Longhorns win big. Texas 41-13
Brian from CFR