The Texas Christian Horned Frogs and the California Golden Bears are facing off in this year's Cheez-It Bowl. TCU has had a solid season, most notably pulling out a win against No. 24 Iowa State. They will look to break .500 this season in their bowl matchup. California had a good campaign over, though they did not beat any ranked teams. They kept it close against No. 13 Washington State in November, but are coming off a loss to Stanford to end their regular season.
Cheez-It Bowl Game Info
|Who is playing?||TCU (6-6) vs. California (7-5)|
|When is the game?||Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 9:00 p.m. EST|
|Where is it played?||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|
|What TV channel?||ESPN|
TCU has been pretty good this season, showing flashes of solid football. They tend to keep games close, no matter the end result. California has also been in a lot of close games this season with the occasion blowout win or loss. They seem to be a bit more unpredictable.
“Cheez-It Bowl (2): TCU 13, Cal 9. Two really good defensive systems. I’ll go with TCU, which has the edge in speed.” https://t.co/usRQhaB6aD— Vlad Belo (@GoldenBearVlad) December 14, 2018
This is not to mention, however, that TCU's offense has been utterly demolished by injuries. The Horned Frogs are missing their starting quarterback, Shawn Robinson, who's nursing a shoulder issue. Their backup, Michael Collins, is also questionable with a foot injury. This means that TCU could struggle going to the air in this game. It looks like their leading rusher, Darius Anderson, will also be out. He's put up 598 rushing yards for three touchdowns. TCU will be missing his contributions in the game as well.
Cal's quarterback Chase Garbers has been great this year, recording 1,418 passing yards for 14 touchdowns. He can also punish teams on the ground and has 398 rushing yards and a touchdown. Patrick Laird, leading rusher with 935 yards for five touchdowns, will also look to contribute in this big matchup
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We think that this game could turn into a close one. These teams seem to match up pretty well. The difference here will be TCU's injuries on offense. It doesn't look like they'll be able to keep up with Cal's weapons.
TCU 10 - Cal 21