WHO: No. 11 TCU (10-2) vs. No. 15 Oregon (9-3)
WHAT: The 23rd Valero Alamo Bowl
WHEN: 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
WHERE: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
THE SKINNY: Well, this isn’t the game we thought it’d be. Trevone Boykin‘s arrest and subsequent suspension Thursday morning let the air out of the purple balloon on what shaped up to be the best non-New Year’s Six bowl game.
Walk-on Bram Kohlhausen figures to start in Boykin’s place. He entered the Oklahoma game that Foster Sawyer started for an injured Boykin and nearly rescued the Frogs after Sawyer fired three interceptions, hitting 5-of-11 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns with no picks as TCU battled from a 30-13 fourth quarter deficit to throw a potential game-winning two-point conversion in a 30-29 defeat.
With All-American wide receiver Josh Doctson out with a wrist injury, TCU will do duck hunting with one arm tied behind their back.
Oregon, meanwhile, has no such trouble. The Ducks sat at 3-3 in mid-October after a home loss to Washington State, but closed with six straight wins after the return of quarterback Vernon Adams, including wins over Pac-12 champion Stanford and Pac-12 South champion USC. The Eastern Washington transfer fired 21 touchdowns against only two picks while averaging while averaging an astronomical 11.04 yards per attempt. (Adams finished the year as the nation’s leader with 10.2 yards per attempt; fellow Duck Marcus Mariota led the country in 2014 at 10.0).
With Ducks clicking on all cylinders and the Frogs reeling, this one feels like an unfortunate blowout.
THE PREDICTION: Oregon 41, TCU 21
Earlier this month, Randy Edsall lost one of his assistant coaches to the NFL. This week, he’s turned to one from the FCS ranks as a replacement.
UConn announced Monday the hiring of Eddie Allen as the Huskies’ new special teams coordinator. Allen comes to Storrs after spending the past three seasons in the same role at Delaware.
The hire fills a hole a created by the departure of Chris White, who has been named as the tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions.
“Eddie’s aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator,” a statement from the head coach began. “His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked.”
Prior to Delaware, Allen spent six seasons as the special teams coordinator at Rhode Island. He was a football staffer for Greg Schiano at Rutgers (2005-07) before that.
This will mark Allen’s first on-field job at the FBS level.
“I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall’s staff,” the New Jersey native said in his statement. “Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program.”
And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story.
Just a short time ago, Miami announced that defensive line Craig Kuligowski was leaving the football program after two years to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere. Subsequent to that announcement, Bruce Feldman of SI.com tweeted that Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa could be the assistant’s ultimate destination.
Kuligowski and Saban have a previous connection as the former played defensive line under the latter at Toledo in 1990. Saban is searching for a replacement to Karl Dunbar, the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach who left for a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.
Other names floated as possibilities have included former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and former UA assistant and current South Carolina line coach Lance Thompson.
At one point it appeared that Mark Richt had dodged a coaching-departure bullet. In the end, however, his Miami staff has been hit.
Reports surfaced earlier in the day Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had interviewed UM defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for the same job. Not long after the initial speculation first appeared, the NFL club confirmed that it had hired someone other than Kuligowski for the position.
Tonight, however, the Hurricanes announced in a press release that Kuligowski “is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.” What and where specifically that opportunity is wasn’t divulged by the football program.
Kuligowski had spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes and is widely considered one of the top line coaches in the country.
Are you ready for some good news? Kansas and Washington State are (finally, FINALLY!) going to meet on the gridiron.
Are you ready for some bad news? You’re going to have to wait nearly a decade to see it.
The Jayhawks and Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2027-28, according to documents obtained by FBSchedules. Washington State is set to host the first game on Sept. 11, 2027, with Kansas returning the favor on Sept. 9, 2028. The programs have met 10 times previously, but not since 1977. Kansas holds a 7-2 all-time advantage.
Washington State is also set to visit Boise State in 2027, but does not have any other games lined up for ’28. Kansas does not have any other agreements for either season.
Interestingly, Wazzu’s Kansas home-and-home is sandwiched around a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2026 and ’29. Washington State has not faced a Big 12 opponent since a 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State to open the 2010 season.
Kansas, who also has future games with Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Illinois on the docket, has not squared off with a Pac-12 foe — not counting former Big 12 bunk mate Colorado — since a 41-17 loss to UCLA on Sept. 8, 2001.