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ABOUT TEXAS (8-4, 5-4 Big-12, 5-7 ATS): Two key players for the Longhorns will be their only All-Big 12 First-Team selections - senior safety Kenny Vaccaro and senior defensive lineman Alex Okafor. Vaccaro was second on the team in tackles and will lead a secondary that will responsible for corralling a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Okafor had eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Since losing linebacker Jordan Hicks to a season-ending hip injury in the third game, sophomore Steve Edmond had stepped up and led the team with 101 tackles.
ABOUT OREGON STATE (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12, 8-4 ATS): Wheaton and Cooks might be the best wide-receiver duo in the nation and the main reason the Beavers own the 15th-ranked passing offense. Wheaton, a senior, has caught 88 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooks, a sophomore, has grabbed 64 balls for 1,120 yards and five scores. He's averaging 17.5 yards per catch. Wheaton became the school’s career leader in receptions (224) this season. He has at least one catch in 35 straight games, which leads the Pac-12.
Quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks have been suspended for the Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman early Friday morning, according to multiple reports.
McCoy, a junior, started one game this season and has been a part of a quarterback battle with David Ash for much of the year. Hicks, also a junior, has missed the majority of the season with a hip injury that has sidelined him since the third game of the year.
Head coach Mack Brown would not give the names of the accused while addressing reporters Friday. The names of the players were blacked out on the police report.
This means that there is a good possibility that senior punter Alex King could be the Longhorns' backup quarterback Saturday. He was their backup quarterback when David Ash missed Texas' last game, a loss to Kansas State, with a rib injury.
According to a San Antonio Police Department report on the alleged incident obtained by The Daily Texan, San Antonio police were dispatched to an undisclosed location after receiving a report of alleged rape on Friday at 2:49 a.m.
Texas – Ranked ninth this year in pass efficiency but was undecided on its starting QB for the third straight year heading into its bowl game.
Oregon State – Ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.8 points against per game) but last four games with a posted total went over.
* Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
* Beavers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in December.
* Over is 4-1 in Longhorns' last five vs. Pac-12.
* Over is 6-2 in Beavers' last eight non-conference games.
Oregon State: 9-1 ATS with a line of +3 to -3
Texas: 0-7 ATS after gaining 100 or less rushing yards
While the Beavers stumbled a bit during the second half of the season as their schedule became more difficult, they still managed to finish the season with a 77-0 beatdown of the Nicholls St. Colonels. That game had originally been scheduled for Sept. 1, but it was re-scheduled for Dec. 1 due to weather.
The Longhorns also struggled near the end of the season, finishing with back-to-back losses to TCU and Kansas State over the final two weeks of the regular season. Against ranked teams this season, Texas is just 1-3, with the lone win being a 31-22 victory over then-No. 18 Texas Tech, which lost four of its final five games.
Oregon State has one of the nation’s top pass rushers in Scott Crichton, who had nine sacks during the season, earning all-conference first-team honors. Texas will be without its best offensive lineman in left guard Trey Hopkins, who suffered a stress fracture in his lower right leg in the regular-season finale against Kansas State. Behind Crichton is a defense that snared 19 interceptions, sixth-most in the nation. Jordan Poyer led the way with seven picks.
Another common thread connecting these teams is the uncertainty surrounding their starting quarterbacks. David Ash started the first 11 games for Texas before he was benched in the second-to-last game against TCU. Sean Mannion started the first four games for the Beavers, missed two with a knee injury and then was benched after a four-interception performance against Washington, resulting in Oregon State's first conference loss. After his replacement, Cody Vaz, injured his ankle Nov. 10 against Stanford, Mannion started the final three games.
After stumbling to the finish line of the regular season, No. 25 Texas and No. 14 Oregon State will head to San Antonio, Texas, for their third meeting. The Beavers dropped three of their last five in Pac-12 play but still finished six games better than their 3-9 mark last season. The Longhorns lost their last two games but still held on for third in the the Big-12. They missed out on a BCS bowl berth for the third consecutive season, however.