Photo countdown: Eight days until the Alamo Bowl

Posted by Michael Arellano on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7:32 pm.

There are only eight days until the 2013 Alamo Bowl where the Oregon Ducks will face the Texas Longhorns. Every day we’ll post a meaningful photo from the year to recap the eventful season and get fans prepped for Oregon’s matchup in the Lone Star State. Be sure to check out the rest of the Emerald’s football coverage leading up to the game.

Oregon’s D-line is often referred to as one of the most under appreciated aspects of the Ducks’ program. Led by seniors Taylor Hart and Wade Keliikipi, the Oregon defensive unit will be faced with a hard-charging, big O-line from the Texas Longhorns, led by all Big-12 second teamers Donald Hawkins and Trey Hopkins who jumpstart Texas’ 38th ranked rushing attack. After struggling to stop the run during punishing losses to Arizona and Stanford, will Oregon’s defense be able to handle similar challenges from the Longhorns?

Linebacker Derrick Malone and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tackle Cavalier tackle Jake McGee during the 1st quarter of the Oregon/Virginia game. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Linebacker Derrick Malone and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tackle Cavalier tight end Jake McGee during the 1st quarter of the Oregon/Virginia game. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)