Alamo Bowl capsule
Line: Oregon by 7.
Series record: Tied 1-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A year after being the national runner-up, Oregon is trying to reach 10 wins for the eighth season in a row. The Ducks have a six-game winning streak since a double-overtime loss Oct. 10 to Washington State. TCU, playing without suspended quarterback Trevone Boykin and injured star receiver Josh Doctson, can have its ninth 11-win season in 13 seasons, and looks for its eighth bowl victory in that span. But the Frogs went from a slight favorite to a touchdown underdog after Boykin's arrest in San Antonio early Thursday.
Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr., the nation's top-rated passer, vs. TCU defense. Adams, the graduate transfer, has completed 155 of 240 passes (65 percent) for 2,456 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in his only season for the Ducks. TCU was the second-best pass defense in the Big 12, allowing only 214 yards pass per game, and only 156 per game its last three games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oregon: Sophomore RB Royce Freeman leads the Pac-12 with 142.2 yards rushing per game and his 1,706 yards is 100 shy of LaMichael James' single-school school record of 1,805 in 2011. Freeman is the only FBS player to have at least 100 all-purpose yards in every game this season, and has 71 plays of at least 10 yards.
TCU: Aaron Green is TCU's first 1,000-yard rusher In five seasons with 1,171 yards - the most by a Horned Frog since LaDainian Tomlinson's 2,158 yards in 2000. He has five 100-yard games this season.
FACTS & FIGURES
TCU is 4-0 against Pac-12 teams in coach Gary Patterson's 15 seasons. ... Adams has thrown a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games, including nine games with at last five TDs. ... The only previous meetings between the two teams were in 1977 and 1978, a home-and-home series. ... The Horned Frogs are playing a game in San Antonio for the first time since 1952.
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