Colorado to meet No. 20 Texas in the Alamo Bowl

Sam Noyer
Posted at 8:53 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 01:00:49-05

BOULDER — The University of Colorado football program accepted a bid to the Alamo Bowl Sunday where they'll take on No. 20 Texas in the 28th annual game in San Antonio on Thursday, Dec. 29th.

In a tremendous turnaround season under first-year head coach Karl Dorrell, the Buffaloes will be playing in their first postseason contest since 2016, which was also the Alamo Bowl.

The game will be televised by ESPN with a kickoff set for shortly after 7 p.m. MST. Could the third time be the charm for the Buffs? It will be CU’s third appearance in the game, as the Buffaloes lost in overtime to Wisconsin in 2002 (31-28) and to Oklahoma State in 2016 (38-8). Colorado will serve as the home team for the game.

Colorado finished the regular season with a 4-1 mark, 3-1 in league play for a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division; Texas was 6-3, 5-3 in the Big 12 for a fourth-place finish. The Longhorns will be the first ranked opponent the Buffs will play in 2020, as Texas is No. 20 in both the Associated Press and College Football Playoff rankings, and No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Buffs received enough votes to place 29th in the coaches poll and 37th in the AP.

The Longhorns leads the all-time series with the Buffaloes by an 11-7 margin, the schools’ first meeting in 1940 and last in 2009. The two have met once in the postseason, when UT rallied from down 21-7 to win the 1975 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, 38-21. They also faced off twice in the Big 12 Championship game, with CU coming away with a 39-37 win in 2001 to win the league title, and in 2005 with Texas winning that year, 70-3.

Colorado owns a 12-17 record all-time in bowl games, including a 4-5 mark in the state of Texas, where 22 members of the current CU team played their high school ball.