California vs TCU 2018 Cheez-It Bowl Odds & Game Preview

California vs TCU 2018 Cheez-It Bowl Odds & Game Preview

Written by on December 24, 2018

The Pac 12’s Cal Golden Bears heads to Phoenix, Arizona to battle the TCU Horned Frogs in this year’s Cheez-It-Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26. California was one of the surprise teams in their conference while the Horned Frogs disappointed in theirs. Which team shows up in the bowl game matchup?

California vs TCU 2018 Cheez-It Bowl Odds & Game Preview

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 9:00 pm ET
  • Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: California / TCU
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • ATS Odds: Cal -1 (-110)
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 38.5 (-110)

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 10°C/50°F
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Precipitation: 1%
  • Wind: 5 mph S
  • Cloud Cover: 43%
  • Type of Stadium: N/A

Why California Golden Bears are a good bet -1?

Although California was only 7-5 on the season, they produced plenty of quality victories: 21-18 at BYU, 12-10 over Pac 12 champ Washington, 15-14 at USC, and 33-21 over Colorado.

Cal leaned on an underrated defense that held Washington to 10, Washington State to 19, and even Stanford to only 23. If the Golden Bears can get decent play from their offense, they’ll easily cover the spread.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 22.8
  • Total Yards: 350.2
  • Pass Yards: 187.7
  • Rush Yards: 162.5
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 21.2
  • Total Yards: 319.4
  • Pass Yards: 187.1
  • Rush Yards: 132.3

Why TCU Horned Frogs are a good bet +1?

During the regular season, there was a stretch where the TCU Horned Frogs might have been the worst team in the Big 12. TCU lost to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, and most amazingly, Kansas.

But in the final month of the regular season, the Horned Frogs flipped the script. West Virginia beat TCU 47-10, but Texas Christian took down Kansas State, Baylor, and Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs could carry the late season heroics into this matchup. If they do, they’ll win.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 24.7
  • Total Yards: 374.6
  • Pass Yards: 226.1
  • Rush Yards: 148.5
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 24.4
  • Total Yards: 344.4
  • Pass Yards: 202.6
  • Rush Yards: 141.8

2018 Cheez-It Bowl Betting Trends for California Golden Bears vs TCU Horned Frogs

  • TCU is 5-1 ATS in thelast 6 games overall
  • TCU is 2-7 ATS in thelast 9 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Texas Christian’s last 6 games
  • California is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games
  • California is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 7 of California’s last 8 games

California vs TCU Final 2018 Cheez-It Bowl Analysis

Bowl games are tough to handicap because teams are not only unfamiliar with each other, but they’re unfamiliar with other teams that they’ve played. TCU started out the season looking great, had a terrible middle part of the season, but then bounced back.

California was solid throughout their regular season. They imploded in a few matchups, but one thing they did brilliantly throughout was pressuring opposing quarterbacks. TCU’s biggest issue this season was their offensive line.

Unless the O-line has gotten better in the past month, the Golden Bears should have the upper hand in this. Cal’s the play.

Cheez-It Bowl Pick: California -1