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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Betting Predictions – Spartans, Horned Frogs Clash In Meeting Of Underachievers For Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/16/2012 11:10:59 PM

The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will feature two teams that failed to live up to expectations this sports betting season, as the TCU Horned Frogs clash with the Michigan State Spartans. Both teams were ranked in the top 20 to start the season, and both teams ranked in the top-20 in total defense at the end of the season, yet somehow neither team was able to win a single conference home game. Both TCU and Michigan State will look to finish disappointing campaigns on a positive note in what will be a tough matchup for both offenses in the desert.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Michigan State Spartans
Saturday December 29, 2012 – 10:15 PM ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
College Football Betting Line: TCU – 2.5

A major reason for both teams struggling this season was the lack of top-tier quarterbacks, as the Spartans lost Kirk Cousins to the NFL Draft, and the Horned Frogs lost Casey Pachall because of off-field issues. Both teams rely heavily on the run to move the ball, with TCU employing a tandem attack while Michigan State hands off to one of the top running backs in the country in Le’veon Bell.

College Football Betting Preview: TCU

Pachall was arrested on suspicion of a DWI in October, and after leading the team to four-straight wins withdrew from school and entered an inpatient program. Freshman Tevone Boykin threw for 1,853 yards and 15 touchdowns after taking over the starting job, throwing a combined six touchdowns in wins over Baylor and West Virginia. It didn’t help that the TCU rushing attack ranked last in the Big 12 with just 3.9 yards per carry, as BJ Catalon and Matthew Tucker split the load. The Horned Frogs’ defense ranked 23rd in the nation in points allowed with an average of 23.1 against, and will need another strong showing to finish the year on a positive note.

College Football Betting Preview: Michigan State

The Spartans’ defense was even better overall, allowing just 16.3 points per game for the 10th-best mark in the country. That unit was the key in wins over both Wisconsin and Minnesota, as Michigan State overcame inconsistencies on offense to finish with a .500 record despite going just 3-5 in Big Ten play. Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 2,578 yards and 13 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions, and it didn’t help him that both BJ Cunningham and Keshawn Martin weren’t there to help make the transition from Cousins easier on the offense. Bell carried the load with 1,648 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, and will need another big game in order to help the Spartans keep pace.

College Football Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither online betting team is considered to have an explosive offense, but Michigan State has been more consistent on the ground with Bell leading the way and its defense was one of the best in the country. TCU will be able to keep it close until the end, but the Spartans’ defense will be too much to overcome.

College Football Betting Pick: Michigan State Spartans

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