TCU (10-2) vs Oregon (9-3)
When: Saturday, January 2nd 2016
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Time: 6:45 ET | TV: ESPN
The TCU Horned Frogs will face the Oregon Ducks in the Alamo Bowl without its star quarterback Trevone Boykin, who was suspended due to an altercation at a bar the other night. Boykin was charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony, and will not get to end his college career on a high-note. Boykin was one of the best this season in a conference full of great quarterbacks. He completed 64.8% of his passes for 3,574 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Either senior Bram Kohlhausen (369 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) or redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer (155 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions) will start in Boykin’s place. Wide receiver Josh Doctson will also miss the Alamo Bowl, but his is due to a wrist injury that forced him to miss the last two games of the regular season. His 78 catches, 1,326 yards, and 14 touchdowns will also be sorely missed. Look for senior running back Aaron Green to get more action tonight against a soft Oregon defense. Green rushed for 1,171 yards and 10 scores this season while averaging 5.3 yards a carry. TCU was alive late in the season for a possible playoff berth, but losses at both Oklahoma schools did them in. The finished the season with a 28-21 win over injury-plagued Baylor.
The Oregon Ducks come into this game riding a six game winning streak and playing like they were predicted to all season. The Ducks scored 38 or more points in their last five games and finished 5th in FBS averaging 43.2 points a game. Senior quarterback Vernon Adams overcame an early season finger injury to pass for 2,446 yards and 25 touchdowns and the offense took off once he was healthy. Underrated running back Royce Freeman racked up 1,706 yards and 14 touchdowns this season and posted ten 100-yard rushing games and needs an even 100 yards to break the school’s season-single rushing mark set by LaMichael James in 2011. Junior wide receiver Bralon Addison caught 58 passes for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns, while big-play sophomore Darren Carrington averaged 20.1 yards per catch and had five touchdowns in six games after returning from an NCAA suspension. There are a lot of holes in this Oregon defense which surrendered 20 or more points in every game this season. They finished 114th in points allowed, 116th in overall defense, and 126th against the pass. Defensive end DeForest Buckner is the star of the defense with 16 tackles for losses and 9.5 sacks.
I was leaning towards Oregon in this game from the beginning, but now I’m really on them. The only problem is that we have to give up a touchdown instead of a PICKEM. Oregon should be more motivated for this one as they finished the season strong and TCU stumbled.
Pick: Oregon -7