The Valero Alamo Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2015, moving to a post-New Years date for just the second time in the bowl's history.
The Alamo Bowl has the top pick for Big 12 and Pac-12 teams outside of the College Football Playoff and its access bowls. In 2013, Oregon defeated Texas 30-7 in Mack Brown's last game as head coach of the Longhorns.
The Jan. 2 date puts the Alamo Bowl alone on Friday night, with no other bowl games or NFL contests competing for viewers. That fact is not lost on the bowl representatives, who would like to see another sellout and the high viewership numbers that came with a Jan. 2 date in 2010 -- when Texas Tech came from behind to defeat Michigan State 41-31.
"As we saw in 2010, the January 2 date works well for people traveling to the game," said Lynette Padalecki, Valero Alamo Bowl Chair. "They can arrive in time for San Antonio's acclaimed New Year's Eve Celebration and enjoy the millions of holiday lights and world class hospitality on the newly expanded River Walk before walking over from their hotel to the game."
The Alamo Bowl's Twitter account teased the announcement with a tricky play on words early Wednesday.
BREAKING: No Valero Alamo Bowl in 2014. Full story at 9. #AYearWithoutABowlGame— Valero Alamo Bowl (@valeroalamobowl) May 7, 2014
Since last season's bowl game was held on Dec. 30, 2013 and the next one will be on Jan. 2, 2015 -- well, you get it.