Preview, prediction, live stream for Alamo Bowl vs. TCU

Preview, prediction, live stream for Alamo Bowl vs. TCU”

As a busy Thursday of college football rolls on with bowl season in full swing, the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal and No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs square off at the Alamodome in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Both Stanford and TCU sported ideal home records in 2017 at 6-0, but it was their road games that game them trouble. The biggest question is if TCU can "slow" Bryce Love the way Washington State (16 carries 69 yards 1 TD) and USC (22 carries 125 yards 1 TD) did. The Cardinal have played better lately than TCU, which lost twice in four weeks to Oklahoma.

So what side do you need to be all over in the Alamo Bowl?

Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. While McCaffrey was a more risky all-around player, with influence in the return game and a greater presence as a receiver, Love has methodically steamrolled opponents from beginning to end this season.

TCU fell flat in its rematch against Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship, but it was still a solid season for the Horned Frogs. They'll pound the ball on the ground, and they have the best running back in the country doing so. The offense runs through Heisman-finalist running back Bryce Love, who carried the ball 237 times for almost 2,000 yards (1,973) this season and 17 touchdowns. TCU turned in one of the better bowl game performances in recent history two years ago when they beat OR, 47-41, in 3OT.

But Love won't be the only threat the TCU defense will be tasked with stopping, as quarterback KJ Costello has himself a few weapons in the passing game. So, it will not be easy for Love to find room to run.

It's no secret how Stanford plans to attack a defense.

Defensively, Stanford has to contain the production of TCU quarterback Kenny Hill.

TCU has scored 20 or more points in all but two of its games this season. Ideally, they'd like to do the same against Stanford. After emerging from Christian McCaffrey's shadow, Love will leave a long one cast across the Stanford program for Cameron Scarlett and those to follow. Bryce Love ran well against three of them, but was dealing with an ankle injury in the other.

The ATS trends don't offer much in the way of insight as TCU went 6-7 and Stanford went 6-6-1. So, even if the Cardinal defense has some success against TCU's offense, Kenny Hill will not need much out of his guys to win. Look for them to win by seven.

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