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Poinsettia Bowl Betting – Louisiana Tech Tries To Upset TCU In San Diego

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/14/2011 2:33:52 PM
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are happy to play in the Poinsettia Bowl. The TCU Horned Frogs are not. Will that pair of realities be enough to generate an upset in the bowl season?

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Wednesday, December 21

Sports betting line: TCU -10.5

Why Louisiana Tech Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you’ll realize that Louisiana Tech has shown a lot of mental toughness to get this far in 2011. Louisiana Tech, the champion of the WAC, has produced a sensational season under coach Sonny Dykes, who was just named the 2011 WAC Coach of the Year. One can’t say enough good things about the Bulldogs’ body of work in 2011, particularly their ability to overcome tough losses (35-34 to Houston after leading 34-7; falling to Mississippi State, 26-20, in overtime) with uncommon resilience. Many teams would have shriveled after absorbing those two stomach punches, but Louisiana Tech just kept coming. It won in the fourth quarter at Utah State, it won in the second half at Fresno State, and it won yet another conference road game at Nevada just before Thanksgiving, scoring 21 fourth-quarter points to erase a 20-3 deficit and claim the WAC title. This team never gives up, and if TCU doesn’t feel like competing, the Bulldogs can take advantage.

Why TCU Will Win

The college football betting  experts know that this is not an even matchup. The reality that has to gnaw at the insides of TCU head coach Gary Patterson as his team prepares to face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs is this: The Horned Frogs won their third straight Mountain West Conference championship in 2011, only to be relegated to a pre-Christmas bowl game with little stature or value. TCU’s conference championship – won on the road at Boise State in a 36-35 thriller – did not lift the Frogs to the BCS once Houston fumbled away its Sugar Bowl shot with a horrid loss in the Conference USA Championship Game. West Virginia and Clemson are part of the power-conference club. Their three losses this past season didn’t matter, because they are both headed to the Orange Bowl. TCU’s two losses, as a conference champion, somehow mattered more, and it’s that reality which must make Patterson a very grumpy man at this point in time.
The only thing that can stop TCU from winning is its attitude. The Horned Frogs were good enough to beat Boise State on the road, and they can play with just about any team in the country. The defense is young, especially in the secondary, but Louisiana Tech doesn’t have the speed which can exploit matchups and make the Horned Frogs sweat. TCU is more powerful up front, and quarterback Casey Pachall has grown into the position over the course of the regular season.

Who Will Win

It’s purely a question of, “Will TCU care or not?” The sense here is that the Horned Frogs are too young to grumble their way through this game. They will care, and they’ll drill Tech by at least three touchdowns.



College Football Betting Pick: TCU

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