Pac 12 vs Big 12! were going to have a reenactment of the actual Alamo because this game is a shootout! Neither conference is known for thais stout defenses and both these teams can sure light up the score board. Im extremely excited to see how TCU goes about stopping Bryce Love and that powerful Stanford rushing attack. The lines for this game are TCU -3 and 48.5.
Stanford (9-4) comes into this one after losing a heartbreaker to USC in the Pac 12 Championship Game. You can’t even begin to talk about Stanford without first mentioning Heisman Trophy Finalist Bryce Love. Bryce Love has stepped in and made everyone forget Christian McCaffrey by totaling just under 2,000 yards on the ground (1,973) on only 237 carries, thats 8.3 yards per carry! Bryce Love is the engine that makes this Stanford team go, his 17 touchdowns are 6 more than their QB has even thrown for. The Stanford Defense hasn’t been its normal game controlling self this year, but their stellar running game has helped them tremendously. If Stanford wants to win the Alamo Bowl they will have to run the ball effectively, not turn it over, and try and keep TCU out of the end zone and hold them to FG’s.
The TCU Horned Frogs have had an up and down season to say the least. The TCU offense was once looked at as their strength with former Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill at the reigns, but that wasn’t the case. Kenny Hill has been up and down all year, battling injuries, sitting out for unknown reasons, etc. The inconsistency from their QB position hasn’t slowed down their defense though who is only allowing 12.1 points per game which ranks them 12th in the country. This number is a little skewed because TCU has played some pretty lack luster offenses to say the least. TCU’s defense will have to find a way to stop Love and the rushing game of Stanford.
This game isn’t easy to ice because you really don’t know what TCU team you’re going to see. That being said I’m rolling with Stanford and the Under. I know it seems like their will be a lot of points but I think Stanford will slow the game down with their running game and control the ball for long efficient drives. Stanford wins 20-13