Texas Christian (6-6) is considered an even bet against California (7-5) in the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field on Wednesday (December 26, 2018, 21:00ET).
The spread was first listed at a dead-even 0 points. Picking between is tough, because they’ve both been great at times and woeful at others. It’s hard to predict which two teams will show up.
TCU was up there on a lot of pre-season Big 12 contender lists. They were even a hipster pick for the Playoff. Then the season started, and things started going the other direction. The Horned Frogs lost three straight to Texas Tech (who fired Kliff Kingsbury this year), Oklahoma (sure) and Kansas. Kansas!
Texas Christian QB Shawn Robinson completed 60.6% of his passes this season for 1,326 yards and 9 touchdowns. Darius Anderson gained 617 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 3 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
All together, the team gained 374.6 yards per game and scored 24.7 points per game. The defense allowed 344.4 yards and 24.4 points per game, while Ben Banogu led the way with 8 sacks this season.
Cal finished the season 7-5 and fifth in their division. The scored some key wins, however, beating UNC, USC, Colorado, and eventual Pac-12 champion Washington.
The Golden Bears offense features QB Chase Garbers, who passed for 1,418 yards and 14 TD’s this season. Garbers completed 61.0% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 123.8. Patrick Laird ran for 598 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
Altogether, California averaged 350.2 yards per game and 22.8 points. The defense allowed a far below-average 319.4 yards and 21.3 points per game. Luc Bequette scored 5 sacks this season.
Cheez-It Bowl Betting Advice
Betting on two bad teams is tough, but Cal is definitely trending in the right direction. TCU has had a hugely disappointing season, and earned their Cheez-It Bowl ingominy.