The 2013 Alamo Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 30, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The 21st edition of the Alamo Bowl, it featured the Texas Longhorns from the Big 12 Conference and the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 Conference. It was telecast at 5:45 p.m. CST on ESPN. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Valero Energy Corporation and was officially known as the Valero Alamo Bowl. Oregon defeated Texas by a score of 30–7.
Texas finished the regular season with a record of 8–4 (7–2 Big 12), tied for second place in the Big 12. Oregon, ranked number 10 in the BCS, finished the regular season with a record of 10–2 (7–2 Pac-12), co-champions of the Pac-12 North Division.
Texas was selected to represent the Big 12 after an 8–4 season, finishing third overall in the conference. Starting the season ranked 15th in both major polls, Texas would start the season disappointingly by going 1–2 against non-conference opponents with a win over New Mexico State and losses to BYU and Ole Miss. They would eventually contend for the Big-12 Championship by starting their conference schedule at 6–0 with wins over Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas and West Virginia. They would finish their remaining conference slate with a home loss to Oklahoma State, rebound to beat Texas Tech after a bye week and finish the season with a road loss to Baylor, finishing the season unranked in the polls.
Oregon was selected to represent the Pac-12 after a 10–2 regular season, finishing second overall in the conference. In their first season with new head coach Mark Helfrich after Chip Kelly's departure to the NFL, they started the season ranked third in both major polls, and won their first eight games over Nicholls State, Virginia, Tennessee, California, Colorado, Washington, Washington State and UCLA. Going into November sitting at 8–0 and contending for the a slot in the BCS National Championship Game they finished the season 2–2 with road losses to Stanford and Arizona and home wins against Utah and arch-rival Oregon State finishing the season ranked tenth in the AP and BCS polls.