Stanford Cardinals 9-4 vs TCU Horned Frogs 10-3

Stanford at Texas Christian
Valero Alamo Bowl Betting Preview

When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 28, 2017
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
TV: ESPN
Betting Line: TCU -2.5
Total: 49

Stanford vs TCU Betting Preview

Stanford running back Bryce Love finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting after leading Power 5 running backs in rushing yards (1,973), rushing yards per game (164.4), yards per carry (8.3) and runs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. The time off should give his ankle a chance to heal and at full strength he may have won the Heisman Trophy this year. On the other side, TCU has limited opponents to 3.2 yards per carry (eighth in the nation).

Stanford’s (9-4, 7-2 Pac-12) offense improved when Costello took over at quarterback late in the season and finished with a total of 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions. The Stanford defense allowed 21.5 points per game and own a plus-15 turnover margin, which tied for second in the nation. The TCU Horned Frogs (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) quarterback Kenny Hill passed for 25 touchdowns and completed 67.2 percent of his passes to lead a balanced offense that averaged 33.2 points per game.

Stanford vs TCU Betting Trends

Stanford

Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big 12.
Cardinal are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in December.
Cardinal are 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Cardinal are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
Cardinal are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss.
Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
Cardinal are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
Cardinal are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Bowl games.
Cardinal are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

TCU

Horned Frogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
Horned Frogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
Horned Frogs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Horned Frogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
Horned Frogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Bowl games.
Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Horned Frogs are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games on grass.
Horned Frogs are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
Horned Frogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.

Stanford vs TCU Betting Prediction

Bryce Love is the best running back in college football. He will easily be the best player on the field in this game and should see 20+ touches in the game as a showcase to his entering the NFL draft. TCU is a solid team but they just do not have the dynamic offensive player to stay with the Cardinals. I expect a hard fought physical game with Love breaking off a couple of big plays to get Stanford the win.

Betting Pick: Stanford money line

Score Prediction:

Stanford 24 – TCU 20