Upon the arrest and felony assault charged leveled at TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, the No. 15 Oregon Ducks are now favored to defeat the No. 11 Horned Frogs by a touchdown when the two programs clash in Saturday’s Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Boykin, who finished tied for ninth in this year’s Heisman Trophy vote after firing off 3,575 passing yards and 31 touchdowns, was reportedly arrested early Thursday morning after fighting with patrons at a San Antonio bar and for hitting a local police officer.
The senior and NFL prospect was formally charged Thursday and he’s already been suspended from action against the Ducks.
The Ducks were at first 1-point underdogs to TCU on Thursday, but once word of Boykin’s arrest spread to Las Vegas books the odds flipped in the Pac-12 power’s favor.
Originally the game was projected to be a high-scoring affair between Oregon’s sixth-ranked offense and TCU’s No. 8 attack with Boykin and Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. leading the way.
Now TCU head coach Gary Patterson will likely turn to senior Bram Kohlhausen, freshman Foster Sawyer, or even both, under center. Kohlhausen filled in for Boykin twice this year, but his results were underwhelming, completing 27 of his 43 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. He was eventually replaced by Sawyer in TCU’s 30-29 loss to Oklahoma, but the underclassmen struggled by tossing three interceptions.
Boykin’s absence should mean more work for senior running back Aaron Green, who gained 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
The Horned Frogs were already expected to miss top wide receiver Josh Doctson after he suffered an arm injury against Oklahoma State and sat out TCU’s last two games of the regular season.
With the loaded Ducks offense essentially at full strength, TCU could be in for a long for a long evening on Saturday. Adams stood out as one of the country’s top passers with 25 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions, and running back Royce Freeman gained 1,706 yards and 14 more scores during Oregon’s 9-3 campaign.
Betting Odds: The point spread originally opened as a pick (PK), but has since moved to Oregon -7, according to Vegas Insider, with at least one sports book tagging Oregon as high as 8.5-point favorites.
Over/Under: 73.5 points
Prediction: Oregon over TCU, 41-27