No. 11 TCU (10-2) sold out its 12,000-ticket allotment in less than two days earlier this month, with the proximity to its campus and fan base throughout Texas a driving factor in the demand. The program hasn't played a football game in San Antonio — a four-hour drive south of the school's Fort Worth campus — since 1952. "The TCU Horned Frog nation was very excited to see us in San Antonio," Cohen said.
As of Monday tickets remain available from Oregon's allotment of 6,000, though the school anticipates selling out by game day, wrote Craig Pintens, UO's senior associate athletic director for marketing and public relations, by email.
For 15th-ranked Oregon (9-3), playing a Texas opponent in San Antonio sets up a similar experience to 2013, when it was greeted by an overwhelmingly burnt-orange clad crowd in the Alamodome on hand for Mack Brown's last game as coach at Texas. The Ducks won 30-7 anyway, to complete an 11-2 season in coach Mark Helfrich's first year.
Alamo Bowl representative Rick Hill said the allotments were determined by average ticket sales by each conference's representatives in recent years. Hill didn't want to project how close the bowl game could come to reaching the Alamodome's 65,000-seat capacity, but was hopeful improving weather in San Antonio would help walk-up sales leading up to Saturday's kickoff. Tickets start on the Alamo Bowl website at $50.
"We're trending very well," Hill said.
— Andrew Greif
Oregon's End Zone
Oregon is leading the way in college football design again, but this time, it’s going beyond the uniforms. The Ducks’ end zone for their Alamo Bowl matchup against TCU will feature their duck wing design, and it might be the coolest end zone you ever see:
by: Kevin Trahan
THEN: 2 years ago ---------------
A Charles Nelson fan greeted his heroes
A.D. Mullens stopped by to inform me of coach's Game Plan!
Mariota dominated the game; offense & defense put up 30 points
Team defense gave up only 7 points
A REPEAT AGAINST ANOTHER TEXAS TEAM WOULD BE A DREAM!