2016 Liberty Bowl Odds and Picks: Georgia vs. TCU

Liberty Bowl Odds and Picks: Georgia vs. TCU
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • December 26th, 2016
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Georgia is a slight favorite at the top sportsbooks against TCU in the Liberty Bowl on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee on ESPN. The Bulldogs finished the season at 7-5 while TCU went 6-6. It was a disappointing season for both teams as much more was expected but at least each team is finishing up with a bowl game and it should be a good one. These teams have not met since 1988 when it was Georgia winning 38-10. Let’s look at the matchup, Liberty Bowl odds and Liberty Bowl picks.

The Bulldogs face the Horned Frogs on Friday, December 30th with a start time of 12 pm Eastern on ESPN.

Liberty Bowl Odds at the Best Sports Betting Sites

Georgia -1, total 48.5

Georgia vs. TCU

The Horned Frogs are going to look to have a balanced attack led by running back Kyle Hicks. Neither Kenny Hill nor Foster Sawyer inspire a ton of confidence at quarterback so TCU needs to run the ball effectively to win. The Horned Frogs scored just 22 combined points in losses to Kansas State, West Virginia and Oklahoma.

TCU scored about 32 points per game this sports betting season while allowing about 28 per contest. They went just 3-9 ATS this season with 7 of the 12 games going under the total.

Georgia is very similar in that they need Nick Chubb to have a good game to win. That may not be a problem as TCU couldn’t stop the run at the end of the season. The Bulldogs should have the edge on the ground and at quarterback as Georgia can throw effectively with Jacob Eason.

The Bulldogs scored just 24 points per game this season while giving up 24 per contest. They went 5-7 ATS this season with 7 of the 12 games going under the total. There is no question that betting Georgia games under was the way to go for much of this season.

Game Trends

The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December. The Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 bowl games. The Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 bowl games. The Horned Frogs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
The Under is 5-1 in the Bulldogs last 6 vs. the Big 12. The Under is 7-2 in the Bulldogs last 9 Bowl games. The Under is 8-1-1 in the Horned Frogs last 10 Bowl games. The Over is 5-1 at the best sports betting sites in the Horned Frogs last 6 non-conference games.

Liberty Bowl Picks

The best oddsmakers sure don’t know what to do with this one as the spread at sports betting sites for US players is almost a pick. The Bulldogs struggled for much of the season to score points but they could have a lot more success in this contest as TCU really struggles to stop the run and Georgia has an excellent rushing attack. We’ll look for Georgia to get the win in this game.