Horned Frogs Clip Bulldogs In Liberty Bowl

TCU Horned Frogs

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:14 PM GMT

Just one bowl game pits the Big 12 versus the SEC, and we've got a free college football pick for the Liberty Bowl battle between the Georgia Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs.

Season: 27-23-2 (+2.40)

It's too bad expectations never came true for either the Georgia Bulldogs or TCU Horned Frogs. Had the preseason rankings been worth the paper they were printed on, Georgia and TCU would be headed towards a much bigger bowl payday than what they'll receive from the fine folks at AutoZone.

Ah, but neither the Bulldogs nor the Horned Frogs managed to follow through on the polls that had Georgia No. 18 and TCU No. 13 before the 2016 season kicked off some four months ago. So instead of brighter bowl lights, they will meet up in Bluff City at the Liberty Bowl this Friday, ESPN beginning its broadcast from Memorial Stadium at high noon (ET).

Four days in advance of the boot, BetOnline has the game a tossup after first sending TCU out at -1½. The scoreboard hurdle is one of the lowest of the remaining bowls, now at 48½ which is a half below the opener.

'Dogs Could Be Without A Couple Of Key LB's

Georgia (7-5 straight up, 5-7 against the spread) managed to stay in plenty of games during the regular season, the only blowout loss coming at Ole Miss in September when the Bulldogs fell 45-14 as 6½ point underdogs on the NCAA football odds. Kirby Smart, in his first season at Athens, also never saw his club blow anyone out, and that included a nail-biting 26-24 decision over Nichols State, a team the Bulldogs were favored to beat by 53.

Defense was the strength of the team, Georgia ranking 18th nationally in both total yards allowed (328 ypg) and passing yards (187 ypg), but they Bulldogs could be missing two key players due to injuries; linebackers Natrez Patrick (shoulder) and Reggie Carter (knee), second and seventh in tackles, are listed as questionable.

Gary Patterson is glad to hear that quarterback Kenny Hill is probable for Texas Christian (6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS) in this one. The junior injured his foot in the season finale vs. Kansas State with sophomore Foster Sawyer relieving him in that loss. Patterson might also be happy the Horned Frogs aren't playing in Ft. Worth after five of their six losses came at home, two of those in double overtime vs. Arkansas and Texas Tech.

Frogs & Dawgs Collide For 1st Time Since '88

It's the first meeting between the schools in nearly 30 years, and fourth overall in the series. Georgia has come out on top in the previous three, the first of which took place in the 1942 Orange Bowl with the other two occurring in the 80s.

All signs point to a very nice afternoon in Memphis, the weather resembling more of a crisp autumn day instead of winter. A light westerly breeze is in the forecast with sunny skies and the thermometer climbing into the low-50s.

The absence of real offensive threats from both teams makes it a bit of a coin flip for my free college football pick. Let's back the Horned Frogs in this pick 'em.

Free College Football Pick: TCU Pick

Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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