Posted by Frazier
Welcome to the Pick Offs. It's the final tournament between the big man and myself to see who's better at picking these games. It's just a little competition between the two of us. We'll each pick every bowl game, and we'll see how the records turn out. Of course we'll be picking the same team in many of these games, because it's not fair to force someone to pick against what they actually believe. It also helps us stay focused on many of these lesser bowls, because sometimes it's hard to give a shit, even if you love college football as much as we do. Anyways, the first bowl game is tonight, and so let the picking begin.
TCU -13 Over Northern Illinois
Don't love laying so many points. Frankly, it's a tough one to swallow. But I also like the Horned Frogs defense, especially against the run, against the Garrett Wolfe and company. Their balanced attack should take advantage of a Huskies defense that has struggled to stop anyone, especially through the air. I just think that Northern Illinois will struggle to score enough, and will give up some long plays through the air. I'm taking the Frogs, 30-13.
TCU -13 over Northern Illinois
This one hurts because I was driving the N Illinoi bandwagon earlier this year. However, the numbers don't lie. TCU has won 8 straight games, and they have been absolutely blowing teams out. Further, the TCU rush defense has been other-wordly in the past four games as they have held their opponents to 2.2 (Air Force), 1.9 (Colorado State), 1.3 (San Diego State), and 2.6 (New Mexico) yards per rush respectively. Northern Illinios, on the other hand, has lost 2 of their last 4, and 3 of their last 6, and have proven time and again that they are unable to handle physical teams. 13 points is a lot to lay, but TCU definitely has the horses to make this one a laugher fairly early on.