Oregon Ducks (9-3) at TCU Horned Frogs (10-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 2, 2016, 6:45 PM (EST)|
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs 0 -- Over/Under: 73.5
The Oregon Ducks will play the TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The TCU Horned Frogs were 10-2 this season and finished tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. The TCU offense is averaging 41.7 points per game with 345.5 passing yards per game and 218.8 rushing yards per game. Trevone Boykin is the TCU quarterback who is completing 64.9% of his passes for 3575 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Boykin also has 612 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for TCU. Aaron Green has 1171 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Horned Frogs. Kolby Listenbee has 598 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while KaVontae Turpin has 584 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns for TCU. The TCU defense is giving up 26.1 points per game with 214.3 passing yards per game and 182.3 rushing yards per game. Travin Howard has 92 tackles, Josh Carraway has 8 sacks, and Derrick Kindred has 2 interceptions for TCU. TCU is even in turnover margin this season.
The Oregon Ducks were 9-3 this season and finished 2nd in the Pac-12 North Division standings. The Oregon offense is averaging 43.2 points per game with 287.8 rushing yards per game and 260.4 passing yards per game. Vernon Adams Jr. is the Oregon quarterback who is completing 64.6% of his passes for 2446 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Royce Freeman has 1706 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns for Oregon. Taj Griffin has 529 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns for the Ducks. Bralon Addison has 775 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Dwayne Stanford has 431 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Oregon. The Oregon defense is giving up 36.8 points per game with 301.2 passing yards per game and 179.2 rushing yards per game. Joe Walker has 82 tackles, DeForest Buckner has 9.5 sacks, and Tyree Robinson has 3 interceptions. Oregon is +5 in turnover margin this season.
This should be a very high scoring, entertaining matchup between two very powerful offenses. Oregon finished the season on a 6 game winning streak and is one of the best teams in the country when Vernon Adams Jr. is healthy. Oregon’s defense has been its weakness all season, as they are one of the worst defenses in the nation. However, Oregon ranks 6th in points for, so they cover up for their bad defense. TCU struggled towards the end of the season before upsetting Baylor to end the season in a rainstorm. TCU has the 8th ranked offense in points scored and has played much better defense than Oregon has. I think Oregon is the better team in this matchup with a healthy Adams Jr. and I am picking them here.