Alamo Bowl

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Bowl it taking place this Saturday, but events are also taking place before the game.

The TCU Horned Frogs and the Oregon Ducks arrived in San Antonio earlier this week. Fans of both teams have also been trickling in every day.

To get everybody into the spirit, a pep rally on the River Walk will take place Thursday afternoon. It will begin at 5:00 at the Arneson River Theatre. The head coaches, football players, bands and cheerleaders from the two schools will show their colors.

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Before they meet head to head on the football field, this weekend fans from both teams of the Valero Alamo Bowl joined together for a common purpose.

Families, fans, band members and cheerleaders from the University of Texas and the University of Oregon crowded the halls of the San Antonio Food Bank to make a difference.

Their fight songs were not directed at each other, but rather toward a common fight against hunger.

The president of the University of Oregon Michael Gottfredson said food banks are important community assets that tackle big problems.

The Texas Longhorns will play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio this post-season.

The Longhorns have played the Oregon State Beavers twice. UT won both times. Oregon State does have a better record and a higher rank this season. The game is Dec. 29.

Some expected the Longhorns to head to the Cotton Bowl. Instead, that’s where UT’s Big 12 rival Oklahoma will play former Big 12 rival Texas A&M on Jan. 4.

The Sooners lost out on a chance to play in a BCS bowl when Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois moved up in the rankings and earned an automatic bid.