#15 Oregon Ducks vs. #11 TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday – January 2 – 5:45 pm CT
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Records Before the Game
Oregon Ducks (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12)
TCU Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-2 Big 12)
With all that is at stake, the decision to fluff up his pillow and drift off into “La La Land” after the midnight bed check would have been a better one for TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to make on the early morning of this past Thursday. However, the temptation of the “exciting” night life (pun intended) of San Antonio, Texas was too much to pass up for the senior from Dallas, Texas. What followed that decision to become ‘a man about town’ is one he may live to regret the remainder of his life. One that may not only result in a loss for TCU is Saturday’s matchup in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon, but one that may rear it’s head this coming spring as NFL teams evaluate his now questionable decision making.
With or without Boykin, the game between the #11 ranked TCU Horned Frogs and the #15 ranked Oregon Ducks is an intriguing one for college football. TCU head coach Gary Patterson would love to have his season long Heisman Trophy candidate available for is sure to be a high scoring contest, but feels either both Bram Kohlhausen and freshman Foster Sawyer can help the Horned Frogs to a win. When asked who will start, Patterson said “If you asking me, Bram, for the simple reason of the last game both of them played in”. Rather it be Kohlhausen or Sawyer, they will have the luxury of having 1st Team All American wide receiver Josh Doctson to look for downfield. He should be fully recovered from a wrist injury that he suffered in the first half of the Oklahoma State game back on November 7th.
In addition to Doctson and his 79 catches for 1,327 and 14 touchdowns, the Frogs have an array of weapons that put up an average of 41.7 points a game this season. Running back Aaron Green, who will be returning home to San Antonio to play in front of many family and friends, provided the Frogs with a solid run game all season. The 2nd Team Big XII runner put together his second consecutive 1,000 yard season, finishing off the regular season at 1,215 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns. All purpose weapon KaVontae Turpin has excited the the fans of the Frogs all year long in this his freshman season. Turpin was second on the team in receptions with 40 for 584 yards and eight touchdowns. Along with both punt and kick return duties, the “cat quick” Turpin will occasionally run from the backfield as the Frogs co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie look for ways to get the ball into his hands.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is in his third season leading the Ducks, after former coach Chip Kelly bolted to the NFL in a fruitless attempt to reinvent football…which culminated in his firing this past week by the Philadelphia Eagles. Helfrich, in his second season in Eugene, lead the Ducks to the very first College Football Playoff last season. He will be counting on quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. to lead the offense against a Frog defense which struggled all season. All Pac-12 running back Royce Freeman turned in one of the best seasons ever by a Duck runner, finishing the regular season with 1,706 yards and 14 touchdowns. Adams go-to receiver has been Bralon Adams, who will be returning to his home state of Texas for this game, being from Missouri City. Adams hauled in 58 catches for 775 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Although not as bad as TCU defensively, the Ducks won’t be confused with an Alabama or Clemson on that side of the ball either. There are some talented players who could make things difficult for TCU’s offense like 6’7″ defensive end DeForest Buckner. The senior was voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year while posting 9.5 sacks and 76 tackles (16 for loss). Linebacker Joe Walker has been a steadying force for the defensive unit as well this season. Both players will need to play well for the Ducks against a very talented TCU offense.
Some lessons are learned without all the public embarrassment and scrutiny of which Boykin is faced with. Being a high profiled athlete only highlight those mistakes even more. The affect of not rolling over after bed check at midnight and drifting off to sleep will have it’s negative following moving forward for Boykin as he looks to rectify things. His absence in the Alamo Bowl will determine the outcome of this game.
Prediction: Oregon 34 – TCU 21