Louisiana Bulldogs vs. Marshall TCU Horned Frogs
The TCU Horned Frogs and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Horned Frogs are -11 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set at 55.5.
While going to a bowl game is a goal for every team in college football landing in this game is a huge letdown for the TCU Horned Frogs and Head Coach Gary Patterson. While TCU was eligible for an at large bid in a BCS Bowl they were passed over for Michigan and Virginia Tech and now end up playing before Christmas. Casey Pachall had a more than solid first year as QB completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 2,715 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Horned Frogs have three backs who can all get it done with Waymon James gaining 824 yards at 7.7 yards per carry, Mathew Tucker gaining 684 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns, and Ed Wesley gaining 6.2 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns. Josh Boyce has 56 catches and nine touchdowns, Skye Dawson has 41 catches, and Antoine Hicks has 33 catches. Defensively TCU has 24 sacks, nine interceptions, and 12 fumble recoveries for a plus two turnover ratio while they allow 346.3 yards and 21.2 points per game. Kenny Cain has 67 tackles, Tank Carder has 6 tackles, and Stansly Maponga has nine sacks. It will be interesting to see if TCU can get up for this one or if they come out flat as it isn’t where they want to be.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs had modest expectations heading into the season but Sonny Dykes’ team won their last seven games to qualify for this game. While the WAC was extremely soft and they only beat one bowl team over that span, they completed the task that was in front of them and that was all that they could do. Colby Cameron completed 56.4 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in six games. Lennon Creer is questionable for this one but he averages 4.2 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns while Hunter Lee averages 5.2 yards per carry and scored four times. Quinton Patton has 74 catches and 10 touchdowns and Talib Ikharo has 50 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively La. Tech has 32 sacks, 20 interceptions, and nine fumble recoveries and they have a plus 11 turnover ratio while they allow 22.5 points and 374.8 yards per game. Adrien Cole has 120 tackles, Jay Dudley has 92 tackles, Christian Lacey has 8.5 sacks and Matt Broha has 7.5 sacks. The Bulldogs also have the Ray Guy Award winner for the best punter in the nation in Ryan Allen who had 29 punts of more than 50 yards and 37 punts downed inside the 20.
TCU is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the WAC, 0-6 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as a neutral site favorite. Louisiana Tech is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 13-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games.
The total in this one is set at 55.5 and with two teams who average better than 70 points combined per game I see this going over despite each of them being able to play defense as well.