By Ryan Mayer
The college football bowl season is upon us. With 40 games spread out over the next two weeks there is plenty of opportunity to add a little bonus to your holiday gift pile. Our bowl picks series will let you know who we think will come out on top against the spread. All lines and totals courtesy of Sportsline/Bookmaker.eu. Find all our picks here.
All lines listed are as of publishing date. As always lines may change in the lead up to games so be sure to check.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Georgia vs. TCU
Spread: Georgia -1
Spread: A couple of programs likely disappointed with how their seasons turned out. For Georgia, the first year under Kirby Smart turned into more of a rebuilding year than Bulldogs fans expected. For TCU, despite adding Kenny Hill, the offense sputtered at times (22 points combined in losses to K-State, WVU and Oklahoma State) and the Horned Frogs never seriously pushed for contention in the Big 12. The Bulldogs offense has struggled despite getting Nick Chubb and Sony Michel back from injury and averaging 185.6 yards per game on the ground, mainly because the passing game with freshman Jacob Eason has been inconsistent. As a whole they’ve averaged 195.9 yards per game through the air which ranks 97th in the country. TCU’s pass defense has been better this season despite their low statistical ranking (85th 245.2), which gets skewed because of their place in the wide open Big 12. For TCU, it all comes down to Kenny Hill. If Hill is on target early, it’s a good indicator that he could have a big day. If he’s not, the Horned Frogs will struggle. This game is a pick’em, and I’ll take the more experienced QB, but in reality it’s a coin flip. TCU +1
Total: This number feels really low. Particularly because neither of these defenses have been dominant this season. Georgia’s has been solid don’t get me wrong, but still not at the level that fans and likely the players themselves expected it to be when Smart took over. TCU’s defense has again, been slightly better than last season, but isn’t exactly a fearsome unit. Over 48.5
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.