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    Valero Alamo Bowl

    Where: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET
    Spread: TCU Horned Frogs -2.5
    Over/Under Total: 49
    Quick Pick: TCU Horned Frogs Moneyline Play

    Valero Energy Corporation took over the sponsorship of the bowl game in 2007 and have remained the sponsor since that time.

    Valero Alamo Bowl

    The Valero Alamo Bowl has conference tie-ins with the PAC-12 and the Big 12. This year, the TCU Horned Frogs will represent the Big 12 and the Stanford Cardinal will represent the PAC-12. TCU has appeared one other time in the Alamo Bowl, winning their game in 2015 against the Oregon Ducks by the score of 47-41 in overtime. This will be the first time the Stanford Cardinals have appeared in the Alamo Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    The TCU Horned Frogs and the Stanford Cardinal have played each other two times in the past. These two faced off in 2007 and 2008, with both games going to the Horned Frogs by the score of 31-14 and 38-36.

    Stanford Cardinal 9-4 (PAC 12)

    The Stanford Cardinal are 9-4 SU and 6-6-1 ATS in the regular season. They only went 3-4 on the road this year but split their final 4 road games 2-2. The Cardinal won 3 of their final 4 games of the regular season both SU and ATS.

    The Cardinal will rely heavily on Heisman Candidate Running Back Bryce Love. Love has been in the media lately as experts across the land try to figure out if he will return for his senior season or if he will enter the NFL draft. Many experts compare Love to his former teammate Christian McCaffrey but there are drastic differences that I see.

    First and foremost, McCaffrey left early because he wanted to be a professional football player and follow in the footsteps of his father. He knew going into college that he wanted to play in the pro’s and academics, weren’t on the top of his list of goals. On the other hand, Love places academics on the front burner and knows what he wants to do after college…..he wants to be a pediatrician. That’s not to say that Love doesn’t go into the NFL for a few years and then finish up medical school but he is goal oriented and I firmly believe he will return for his senior season.

    Love finished 2nd in this year’s Heisman voting but one must wonder if that has anything to do with him playing at Stanford, a west coast team, that plays many late games throughout the year on pacific time, when many fans don’t watch due to time differential.

    Love will have a new Offensive Coordinator when the bowl game kicks off. Former Cardinal Offensive Coordinator Mike Bloomgren left Stanford to become the Head Coach at Rice. The Cardinal are expected to move former Cardinal QB Tavita Pritchard up into the Offensive Coordinator position.

    TCU Horned Frogs 10-3 (BIG 12)

    The TCU Horned Frogs went 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS in the 2017 regular season. TCU finished up the regular season with a 7-3 conference record to end up second in the BIG 12. They lost to Oklahoma in the BIG 12 championship game, which happened to be their second loss to the Sooners on the year, by the score 41-17.

    The played 10 of their 13 games under the posted total this year. The Horned Frogs defense led in nearly every category in the BIG 12 for defensive statistics. They were #1 in rushing defense, #1 in passing defense, #1 in total defense, #1 in scoring defense, #1 in passing defense efficiency, #1 sacks and #1 in red zone defense. They allow less than 100 yards per game on the ground, which is 4th overall in the country. The bottom line, the TCU defense is really good not easy to move the ball on.
    On offense, the Horned Frogs are well balanced and led by senior QB Kenny Hill. Hill has passed for 2838 yards this year and has completed 67% of his passing attempts. He has thrown for 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Hill has also ran for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year.

    Valero Alamo Bowl Handicapping

    Planning and preparing for a defense like TCU is a headache on anyone but when your main offensive planner, the O-Coordinator leaves for another job, that puts more pressure on everyone. The Horned Frogs are going to put constant pressure on the Stanford O-Line and force the Cardinal to beat them with the arm of sophomore QB KJ Costello. Costello is no elite QB and facing this daunted defense is a headache causing nightmare for him and the offensive line!

    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system is calling for a 10 point win for the Horned Frogs. Bookmaker has the line currently set at TCU -2.5 and the total of 49. We will be playing TCU on the Moneyline here. Bet it and forget it!!!

    Spooky Express Pick: TCU Horned Frogs Moneyline Play

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-28-17, 08:03 PM.

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