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Valero Alamo Bowl

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With NFL quarterback prospect Trevone Boykin playing his last college game, the TCU-Oregon matchup in the Valero Alamo bowl is a highly anticipated offensive matchup.

Kickoff: Saturday, January 2 @ 6:45pm ET
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Additional Read: Oregon vs TCU Betting

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Valero Alamo Bowl Matchup

The Big 12's Horned Frogs and the Pac-12's Ducks each had their College Football Playoff aspirations derailed due to quarterback injuries. Boykin and Oregon's senior dual threat Vernon Adams each command attacks that rank in the top 10 nationally in points and total offense. The January 2 game in San Antonio could see a scoreline that resembles recent Alamo Bowl affairs that finished 67-56 and 40-35.

During coach Gary Patterson's tenure, TCU is 4-0 SU and 1-3 ATS against Pac-12 teams. These Horned Frogs are 4-6 as an ATS favorite and 2-0 as the underdog. Boykin has passed for 3,575 yards and rushed for 612, while accounting for 40 of TCU's 60 offensive TD. The Horned Frogs are third nationally in total offense (564 YPG) and eighth in scoring (41.7 PPG). Senior 1,000-yard RB Aaron Green will end his days in TCU purple in his hometown.

Boykin has thrived at throwing to senior Josh Doctson (79 receptions for 1,327 yards, 14 TD), senior Kolby Listenbee (29-598-5) and freshman KaVontae Turpin (40-584-8). Patterson's forte is defense, but losing eight of 11 projected starters this season has led to un-TCU-like averages of 26.1 points and 397 yards allowed. The latter figure ranks 66th in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Ducks are 3-5 as an ATS favorite and 4-0 as the underdog. Coach Mark Helfrich's team is sixth nationally in both total offense (548 YPG) and scoring (41.7 PPG). Oregon is 5-2 SU and 5-2 ATS against Big-12 foes since 2002. Adams averages 10.2 yards per pass with a 25-to-6 TD/INT ratio. Sophomore RB Royce Freeman usually gets 25 touches in Oregon's spread option and has 2,031 rushing-receiving yards with 16 total TD.

The Oregon defense has allowed 35-plus points six times and is 116th in yards allowed. Senior DE DeForest Buckner is the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and has 9.5 sacks, while senior ILB Joe Walker is the leading tackler. The unit had a redemptive effort when it held Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey to fewer than 5.0 YPC during a 38-36 road upset against eventual Pac-12 champion Stanford on November 15.

Valero Alamo Bowl Betting Trends
  • The favorite has won SU in seven of the last nine Alamo Bowls.
  • TCU is 19-8 ATS in its last 27 games.
  • The total has gone over in TCU's last three games against the Pacific 12.
  • TCU is 0-4 SU in its last four games after winning as an underdog.
  • The total has gone under in six of Oregon's last eight games after an ATS loss.
  • Oregon is 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games after consecutive wins.
  • Oregon is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games in January.

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Alamo Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Alamo BowlMichigan20Texas A&M22+5TEXA&MTEXA&M
1996Alamo BowlTexas Tech0Iowa27+3IOWAIOWA
1997Alamo BowlPurdue33Oklahoma State20+3.5PURDUEPURDUE
1998Alamo BowlKansas State34Purdue37-14KAN.STPURDUE
1999Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M0-6PENNSTPENNST
2000Alamo BowlNebraska66Northwestern17+14.5NEBRNEBR
2001Alamo BowlIowa19Texas Tech16-1.5IOWAIOWA
2002Alamo BowlColorado28Wisconsin31+7WISCSNWISCSN
2003Alamo BowlMichigan State3Nebraska17-3NEBRNEBR
2004Alamo BowlOhio State33Oklahoma State7-2OHIOSTOHIOST
2005Alamo BowlNebraska32Michigan28-10NEBRNEBR
2006Alamo BowlIowa24Texas26-9IOWATEXAS
2007Alamo BowlPenn State24Texas A&M17+4.5PENNSTPENNST
2008Alamo BowlNorthwestern23Missouri30-14NWESTNMIZZOU
2009Alamo BowlMichigan State31Texas Tech41-9.5TXTECHTXTECH
2010Alamo BowlArizona10Oklahoma State36-4.5OKLASTOKLAST
2011Alamo BowlWashington56Baylor67-9BAYLORBAYLOR
2012Alamo BowlTexas31Oregon State27-1TEXASTEXAS
2013Alamo BowlOregon30Texas7+14.5OREGOREG
2014Alamo BowlUCLA40Kansas State35-1.5UCLAUCLA
2015Alamo BowlOregon-TCU--1--
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