Boise State and TCU are unbeaten but they will not be playing for the college football betting national championship on Monday. That honor goes to Alabama and Texas on Thursday. Instead, the Broncos and Horned Frogs will play in the Fiesta Bowl. Last year the two teams met in the Poinsettia Bowl and TCU came way with a tough 17-16 win over Boise State. This time the Horned Frogs are considered the better team as they are just about a touchdown favorite in this matchup that can be seen on Fox television.
TCU is a 7.5 point favorite with a total of 55 at SBG Global.
TCU come into this game with a dominant defense while Boise State has an explosive offense. What is sometimes forgotten is that TCU also has a very potent offense and that could be the difference on Monday. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton doesn’t get the press of some other top quarterbacks in the nation but he threw 22 TDs this season and had only five interceptions. “He’s a leader,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “It used to be where he asked for people to do things. Now he demands it.” What also makes Dalton so effective is that TCU can run the ball. The Horned Frogs rank fifth in the country in rushing with 256 yards per game. “With TCU, they really don’t want to be a balanced attack,” Boise State defensive end Ryan Winterswyk said. “They want to run the ball then they’ll throw screens and things like that. Gameplan-wise, it’s pretty simple. We have to stop the run. And then on the screens and things, we have to get out and cover some ground.” Last year the Horned Frogs rushed 51 times for 275 yards against the Broncos and scored two rushing touchdowns. Last year the Horned Frogs didn’t have the potent passing attack they do this year and that makes them even more dangerous. TCU won ten games this season by double-digits.
Here are the college football betting stats for Monday’s game. The Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Broncos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
The Horned Frogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
The Under is 5-0 in Broncos last 5 vs. the Mountain West. The Over is 4-1 in the Broncos last 5 games overall. The Over is 4-0 in the Horned Frogs last 4 games overall. The Under is 5-0-1 in the Horned Frogs last 6 Bowl games.