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December means more than Christmas lights and jingle bells to San Antonio. Since the first game in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has created excitement and pageantry in San Antonio that wraps up the end of December with thrilling games in front of capacity crowds and record television ratings.

The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases two of the premier conferences in the country, the Big 12 and Pac-12. The Bowl has quickly become one of the most popular bowls in the country, producing some of the most-watched bowl games in ESPN history while selling out five of the last seven years.

The 2014 ganme date will be announced by May and will feature  #1 Pac-12 team against the #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections.

The Valero Alamo Bowl has hosted 21 bowl games and three Big 12 Football Championship games at the Alamodome in San Antonio. These 24 games have attracted over 1.40 million spectators (over 50% are out-of-town visitors), generated a direct economic impact in excess of $415 million, contributed over $84million to higher education, distributed over $1,200,000 in local scholarship funds.

Over 7.5 million viewers watched the 2013 game between #10 Oregon and Texas making it #11 on ESPN's list of Top 20 Most-Watched Non-BCS Bowl Games of all-time. The Valero Alamo Bowl has produced seven of the Top 20 Most-Watched Non-BCS Bowl Games in ESPN history. The other six are #3 (2010 Texas Tech vs. Michigan State), #4 (2006 Texas vs. Iowa), #9 (2005 Michigan vs. Nebraska), #15 (2011 Washington vs. Baylor) and #19 (2012 Texas vs. Oregon) in terms of household impressions.

The Alamodome record sports crowd of 66,166 belongs to the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl between Penn State and Texas A&M translated into a bowl record $42.6 million direct economic impact for San Antonio. The 2013 game was number two with 65,918 fans.

To view Valero Alamo Bowl individual and team records as well as attendance and TV ratings information, please click here.

For information on past Alamo Bowls, please click the respective links below.

Game Archive
Texas 7 vs #10 Oregon 30
Ducks Spoil Coach Brown's Farewell
#13 Oregon State 27 vs #23 Texas 31
Longhorns Rally to Knock off #13 Beavers
Baylor 67 vs Washington 56
Baylor and Washington smash record books in historic scoring spree
Oklahoma State 36 vs Arizona 10
Oklahoma State upends Arizona 36-10 in the first Pac-10 vs. Big 12 matchup in Valero Alamo Bowl history
Texas Tech 41 vs Michigan State 31
The 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl became the most watched bowl game in ESPN history as Texas Tech upended Michigan State 41-31.
Missouri 30 vs Northwestern 23
#23 Missouri tops #20 Northwestern in second overtime game in Valero Alamo Bowl history
Penn State 24 vs Texas A&M 17
Penn State proves too strong, surging past Texas A&M 24-17 in Coach Joe Paterno's 500th game.
Texas 26 vs Iowa 24
#18 Texas overcomes a 14-0 deficit to outlast Iowa 26-24 in front of record attendance and viewership
Nebraska 32 vs Michigan 28
Nebraska seals come-from-behind victory as #20 Michigan's last play featuring eight laterals comes up short
Ohio State 33 vs Oklahoma State 7
#24 Ohio State defense shuts down Oklahoma State
Nebraska 17 vs Michigan State 3
#21 Nebraska's Blackshirt defense stifles the Michigan State offense
Wisconsin 31 vs Colorado 28
Wisconsin wins in overtime over #14 Colorado
Iowa 19 vs Texas Tech 16
Iowa Outlasts Texas Tech 19-16
Nebraska 66 vs Northwestern 17
#8 Nebraska Overpowers #19 Northwestern
Penn State 24 vs Texas A&M 0
#13 Penn State's All-American Defense Stifles #18 Texas A&M Attack
Purdue 37 vs Kansas State 34
#4 Kansas State and Purdue Trade Combacks in a True Thriller
Purdue 33 vs Oklahoma State 20
#16 Purdue Rides Big Third Quarter to Victory over #24 Oklahoma State
Iowa 27 vs Texas Tech 0
#21 Iowa Shutouts Texas Tech in Return To San Antonio
Texas A&M 22 vs Michigan 20
Bryant Kicks #19 Texas A&M Past #14 Michigan
Washington State 10 vs Baylor 3
#24 Washington State Makes It Two Straight for the Pac-10
California 37 vs Iowa 3
California Offense Overwhelms Iowa in Inaugural Game