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Texas earns Alamo Bowl bid vs. No. 11 Utah

The Longhorns are staying close to home for bowl season and returning to the Alamo Bowl for the first time since 2013.

Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas Christian Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Despite a 7-5 regular season finish, the Texas Longhorns will still take part in one of the nation’s more notable bowl games, as Tom Herman’s team has earned a bid to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Meeting the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl will be the Utah Utes (11-2), which were on the cusp of a potential College Football Playoff appearance before falling to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship.

The Alamo Bowl will mark just the second ever meeting between Texas and Utah. The first matchup took place nearly four decades ago, with the Longhorns beating the Utes, 21-12, in 1982.

The Longhorns’ latest trip to San Antonio will serve as their fourth Alamo Bowl appearance, as Texas also appeared in 2006, 2012, and 2013. Texas won its first two appearances, topping Iowa, 26-24, in 2006, and beating Oregon State, 31-27, in 2012. The following season, the Horns fell to Oregon, 30-7, which effectively marked the end of the Mack Brown era.

The 2019 Alamo Bowl is set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.