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SPOOKY EXPRESS BOWLING FOR DOLLARS SELECTION AND ANALYSIS THREAD Poinsettia Bowl
TCU vs. Louisiana Tech
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8:00 pm
I don’t think that this is really the sunset that TCU thought it would ride into. The Horned Frogs played their final season in the Mountain West this year, winning the conference championship and positioning themselves to once again crash the BCS party and to play in a post-New Year’s bowl game. Instead, they get to take on fledgling Louisiana Tech in a pre-Christmas, mid-week matchup that is about as anticipated as holiday fruitcake. For TCU this is a far cry from the glory they experienced the past two seasons. In 2009 they played Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl and last year they toppled No. 4 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Now they are back in the Poinsettia Bowl for the third time in six years.
The public, obviously, loves the Horned Frogs in this matchup. Nearly 80 percent of all action on this game is coming in on TCU, who is heading to the Big East next season. But Louisiana Tech is no pushover. This team has won seven straight games both straight up and against the spread. Outside of a blowout loss to Hawaii, Tech has been an incredibly tough out this year.
The Bulldogs possess a mediocre offense and mediocre defense. However, their resolve has been unwavering this year. The most impressive thing about their performance is that they have played five of their last seven games on the road and eight of their 12 games this season have been outside of Ruston.
TCU got off to a slow start this season, losing to Baylor in their opener and to SMU in nonconference play. However, they were able to tear through an especially weak Mountain West – which was playing its first season without BYU and Utah – and enter this game having won seven straight games.
I think that the Bulldogs will put up a fight in this game. TCU can’t have much motivation and can’t be too excited about playing in this lackluster game after back-to-back BCS paydays. They are saying all the right things leading into this contest, but I don’t see how they can get up for this game when they were hoping for a third straight BCS trip. Louisiana Tech is scrappy and still has something to prove. They have played against some top competition and are just a few plays away from being 10-2 or 11-1 themselves. Last year this team went into Auburn and put up a fight and also went toe-to-toe with No. 5 Boise State and LSU before losing. They have the motivational edge and that is usually critical in these early bowl games.
Right now I have TCU winning this game by a little more than 10 points and considering the number is right there I need to wait until closer to game time to determine if there is a play in this game.
Truth be told, its bowling night and really not sold on this game. As much as I want to post a couple of winners I have to admit this game may not be one of them. But I do like this game since the line has moved downward