■ Stewart Mandel calls the Alamo Bowl one of the bowl games you don't want to miss.
TCU with Trevone Boykin healthy was a Top 5 team, and Oregon with Vernon Adams healthy may well have been the same. Both teams in near-peak form should be highly entertaining.
■ Andrew Greif notes that the Ducks are an early underdog according to Vegas Insider and Ken Goe wonders if they'll be motivated. Short answer: hell yeah!
■ Vernon Adams was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 yesterday.