This is going to be a great game.
The Horned Frogs accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl, matched against Oregon of the Pac-12 for a Jan. 2 game at the Alamodome. It is a matchup of two of the top offenses in college football. TCU was third in the nation in total yards, and Oregon sixth.
It will be the first Alamo Bowl for TCU, which will play in a postseason game for the 16th time in 18 years.
It was a long journey for the Frogs.
This season may very well have been Gary Patterson's best coaching job, which says a lot given his track record at TCU. The Horned Frogs are 10-5 in bowl games with Patterson on the coaching staff and 8-5 under Patterson as head coach. According to TCU athletics, the Horned Frogs had a total of four bowl victories in their history before Patterson's arrival in 1998.
There's a video of Mark May inside. You've been warned.
Motivational level: This was a team that had serious playoff aspirations before the season. So will they come out motivated? Gary Patterson did a great job keeping this team together for the late push. So there’s no reason why TCU won’t play well in its bowl game, too, especially considering it will be Boykin’s and possibly Doctson’s (if he can come back from the wrist injury) swan song.
The Frogs take the top spot in the final Texas power poll.
1. TCU (10), 132 points
The Horned Frogs' season wrapped with a messy, grind-it-out win against rival Baylor on the Friday after Thanksgiving. TCU had already done enough to earn its spot atop the Best in Texas poll beforeSaturday, but Baylor's loss to Texas cemented the Horned Frogs' status as the state's best to end the year. Besides, TCU's only losses were to Oklahoma-based programs. Now, a matchup with one of the Pac-12'sbest awaits TCU, which hopes to be closer to full strength when it heads to San Antonio. Wide receiver Josh Doctson (wrist) would provide a big boost to the offense should he suit up for the bowl game. The Biletnikoff Award finalist hasn't played since the Kansas game. -- Jose Rodriguez
That would have been amazing, but this is still pretty great.
Oregon (9-3) struggled after an early injury to transfer quarterback Vernon Adams but has now won six straight games, including victories over Stanford and Southern Cal.
TCU (10-2) was hit by a multitude of lost players, mainly on defense and then capped by late-season injuries to star quarterback Trevone Boykin (ankle) and standout receiver Josh Doctson (wrist). Patterson said he expected Boykin, a Davey O'Brien finalist, at "full strength" for the Jan. 2 game in San Antonio.
Yes, please underestimate Gary Patterson and TCU. Please. And thank you.
But Oregon over TCU wouldn't be an upset in his eyes. Regarding the matchup, Canzano writes:
"This isn't just a great bowl match-up for Oregon. It's a near-perfect one. One that will not only result in the Ducks being on Texas recruiting soil in a post-New Year's Day game, but a game against a beatable and inferior opponent. Coach Mark Helfrich is out to prove the offense won't sputter without departed offensive coordinator Scott Frost. Adams is in his final college stanza. The Ducks defense has been nitpicked all season, and there's the matter of an eighth straight 10-win season at stake."
This will be the third time the two teams have met.
TCU (10-2) and Oregon (9-3) will be meeting for just the third time in their history and first time since 1978. The series is tied 1-1. Oregon won 29-24 in Fort Worth in 1977, while the Horned Frogs took a 14-10 decision in Eugene in 1978. Under Patterson, TCU is 4-0 versus Pac-12 opponents. The Horned Frogs' last game against a Pac-12 team was a 30-21 victory over No. 24 Oregon State in the 2010 Cowboys Classic season opener in Arlington.
This is a tough matchup for the Frogs.
TCU returns to the hardwood at Washington on Tuesday night inside the Alaska Airlines Center at 10:00 p.m. CT.
Fans not able to attend the match-up against the Huskies can follow it live on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro (Play-By-Play) and Don MacLean (Color) calling the action live.
Tuesday's game is also available on the radio airwaves via KTCU, KPIR 1420 AM, FrogVision, SiriusXM (84/84) or TuneIn Radio.
He committed because TCU did something no other school bothered to do.
The Horned Frogs picked up a verbal commitment from Milford Academy (NY) product Artayvious Lynn on Sunday. The junior college prospect announced his verbal pledge just a day after making an official visit.
"What really got me was no football team had ever got me to take a picture in my graduation gown," he told 247Sports. "That really showed me they care for me as a student and not just the talent I bring to the program."