By DWIGHT JAYNES
SAN ANTONIO -- The final Alamo Bowl news conference is over, the luncheon is finished and now it's time for the talk to end and the game -- Saturday night in the Alamodome -- to be played.
So who is going to win?
Let me say right off the top that there's little doubt which team has the most talented players. OSU radio analyst Jim Wilson did a survey using a well-known recruiting service this week and found that in the last five years, Oregon State has recruited eight players ranked as four-star or above players coming into college.
Texas has recruited 72.
Now we know that doesn't mean all that much because that whole star system thing is pretty ridiculous anyway. I've always felt that it's set up so that if Texas, Alabama, Notre Dame, USC or the like recruit a player, then he's automatically ranked as at least a four star. Oregon State recruits its own type of player, coaches them well and turns out its share of NFL players.
But at the same time, Texas is still Texas. Big-time college players are everywhere in this state and the Longhorns seldom need to go outside the state to find promising recruits.
So start an assessment of this game with this in mind: Texas probably has the better athletes. Also remember that even though the Beavers are the designated "home team" for the game, the Longhorns are home -- just 90 minutes away from their campus.
All that said, Oregon State is favored to win the game and the pointspread has been bet up from 2 to 3 12 points, indicating money is coming in on the Beavers. OSU is also ranked higher in the polls and has a better record.
This is a tough game to figure. Texas has been giving up 200 yards a game on the ground and if that happens Saturday, Oregon State should win going away. The Beavers usually need at least 100 yards of rushing to make the play-action pass work. If they get 200, the game should be theirs.
On the other hand, the Longhorns have played almost nothing but spread-option teams this season. Stopping those offensive teams -- with running quarterbacks -- may be a lot more difficult than stopping the rushing attack of the pro-style offense of Oregon State.
Texas, too, had a problem on the day before the game. Early Friday, two Longhorn players were accused of sexual assault and Coach Mack Brown, while refusing to name the players or even say if they are starters, said they would be sent home.
Will that be a distraction? Well, that probably depends on how important those players are to the team.
I have a feeling Oregon State will play well -- Riley's teams are 5-1 in bowl games. But Texas was very upset with its regular season. An 8-4 record is pretty much an epic failure for Texas football. The Longhorns have had time to prepare for the Beavers and, playing this close to home in front of a friendly crowd, I have a feeling they will bring their "A" game.
And if both teams play their best, I think Texas wins. Make it fairly low scoring, too. Something like 24-21.!function(d,s,id)var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)0;if(!d.getElementById(id))js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="platform.twitter.comwidgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);(document,"script","twitter-wjs");