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Staff Picks: The Alamo Bowl, Oregon vs. TCU

The Horned Frog Insider staff makes their predictions for TCU matchup with Oregon in their bowl game

Mitchell Stehly: This is a tough one to pick with Trevone Boykin out. I had TCU winning convincingly with Boykin. Now, I'm not so sure. I think TCU's defense comes to play and surprises some people but no Boykin and no Josh Doctson will be difficult to overcome against an Oregon team that played like a top-5 team late. The Frogs need a big game from both Aaron Green and Kyle Hicks to have a shot. Bram Kohlhausen will have more success against Oregon's defense than he did against OU. Emmanuel Porter must play well. Well, what the heck, I'll go with the upset.  TCU 35, Oregon 31.
Brad Hardcastle: Without Trevone Boykin, TCU's chances drop dramatically. Bram Kohlhausen has shown that he can manage this offense as he brought TCU within a point of beating the Sooners in Norman. But it will still be hard for the Frogs to keep However, this Gary Patterson defense is capable of shutting down any team when given an extended amount of time to prepare. I think it's a close game but Oregon comes with a 35-31 win.
J.D. Moore: There are too many fans who think that losing Trevone Boykin is going to set back the TCU offense. In case anyone forgot, Oregon features one of the worst defenses in all of college football, and the Frogs have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to offensive talent. KaVontae Turpin and Kolby Listenbee should have a field day running a track meet against Oregon's defensive backs, who routinely give up more than 300 yards of passing per game (only Indiana and Arizona State have worse passing defenses in FBS football). With Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost leaving to go to Central Florida and Gary Patterson getting a month's worth of preparation for a team that the Frogs will sincerely want to beat, don't be surprised if TCU's defense is suddenly stuffing Oregon. Give me the points and the over - TCU wins 52-28.

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