While Stanford did what they needed to do to help create chaos and slip Oregon into the Rose Bowl, the rest of the top teams also took care of business, shutting the door on the Ducks. Instead, Oregon will head to San Antonio for a fantastic matchup in the Valero Alamo Bowl with No. 11 TCU on January 2.
This is Oregon's second trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl in three years. In 2013 during Mark Helfrich's first season as head coach, the Ducks defeated the Texas Longhorns 30-7. That was also Nick Aliotti's final game as defensive coordinator at Oregon before retiring.
TCU is led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, who has thrown for 3,575 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this year. The Horned Frogs are averaging 564 yards per game on offense, third-most in the nation. That could spell trouble for the Oregon defense that is allowing 480 yards per game this season, ranked 116th out of 128th in the FBS.
This is just the third meeting between Oregon and TCU. The last time these two schools met was back in 1978 when TCU won 14-10 at Autzen Stadium. The previous year, Oregon defeated TCU 29-24 in Forth Worth.
Both schools will be looking to finish the season strong and try not to focus too much on what could have been. Both the Ducks and Horned Frogs were ranked near the top four in the nation at some point this season. TCU started the year 8-0 and climbed as high as No. 5 before losing two of their last four games. Oregon's playoff window closed after their blowout loss to Utah on September 26 at Autzen Stadium.
The game is scheduled for kickoff at 3:45 PM PT on January 2 and will be aired on ESPN. Be sure to follow our friends at Frogs O' War (one of my personal favorite blog names on the network) for additional coverage leading up to this exciting matchup next month.