Ducks To Face Tcu In Alamo Bowl!

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Two of the most prolific offenses in the country, and two teams ranked in the top 10 before seeing their quarterbacks injured, will meet when No. 15 Oregon faces No. 11 Texas Christian in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 (3:45 p.m., ESPN).

The Ducks (9-3) will face the Horned Frogs (10-2) in Oregon’s second trip to play at San Antonio’s Alamodome in three years. The Ducks beat Texas in the 2013 Alamo Bowl.

"Our guys will be very excited," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "... It's our last opportunity to have that group together, ever. We always talk about trying to end the season on an exclamation point, instead of a period."

Oregon finished No. 15 in the final College Football Playoff selection committee rankings released Sunday, a few spots shy of qualifying for a New Year’s Six game such as the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon was ranked as high as No. 7 this season, prior to a finger injury suffered by the nation’s most efficient passer, Vernon Adams Jr.— a situation to which TCU can relate.

The Horned Frogs feature Manning and Davey O’Brien award finalist Trevone Boykin, who is ninth nationally in passer rating (161.52) and second in total offense per game (380.6). He had TCU ranked No. 5 prior to a loss to Oklahoma State, then suffered an ankle injury in the first half of a win over Kansas and missed TCU’s loss to Oklahoma.

"For us, this is a playoff game," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Oregon is a team that if it didn't have injuries would be a top-four team. And we feel like if we didn't have a couple, we'd be there too."

Boykin returned for TCU’s finale, a double-overtime win over Baylor in sloppy conditions. Patterson said he was around 75 percent for that game, but should be at full strength for the Alamo Bowl.

For the season Boykin is 257-of-396 (64.9) for 3,575 yards and 31 touchdowns, with 11 touchdowns. He hopes to have his top target, big-play receiver Josh Doctson, back from a wrist injury for the Alamo Bowl.

Adams Jr., who played through injury or missed entirely all three of the Ducks’ defeats, leads the nation with a passer rating of 179.57. He’s 155-of-240 for 2,446 yards and 25 touchdowns, with six interceptions.

As a team, Oregon ranks sixth nationally in scoring (43.2) and third in yards per play (7.23), while TCU is eighth in scoring (41.7) and 10th in yards per play (6.88). The Ducks will face a TCU defense allowing 26.1 points per game and 5.17 yards per plays, while Oregon allows 36.8 points per game and 6.05 yards per play.
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By: Big Al's Vancouver