The TCU Horned Frogs and the Michigan State Spartans are going to square off on the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Saturday.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Picks: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 10:15 ET
Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Betting Odds: TCU -2
TCU vs. Michigan State Live TV: ESPN
When we look at the Buffalo Wild Wings odds, we have to take quick notice that over 60% of the betting action is on the Horned Frogs, yet the line is moving in the wrong direction. All in all, this seems like a bit of a shaky spread to say the least. The Horned Frogs really came on strong at the end of the season, especially with a road win at the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving night. The squad won seven games in the Big XII, arguably the toughest conference to play in that the country had to offer, and five of those wins came on the road. Michigan State meanwhile, slumped to a 6-6 mark and really didn’t have much in the way of quality victories in the suspect Big Ten this entire season.
It’s been awhile since Head Coach Gary Patterson has lost a bowl game to a team not named Boise State. TCU is always incredibly well prepared for whatever challenge comes its way this time of year. QB Trevone Boykin has really stepped in despite all of the adversity that he has faced this year with the departure of QB Casey Pachall from the club, and all of the running backs have stepped it up and gotten the job done in spite of all of the injuries that befell the backfield. The defense struggled at times, but it made the big time plays as well, something that has to tremendously concern QB Andrew Maxwell and the Spartans.
It’s the Michigan State defense that we think is going to make the difference, though. You don’t think of this unit as a bunch that rank in the Top 10 nationally in every major category, but that’s exactly what has turned out to happen when push came to shove. No one scored more than 28 against this team all year long, and save for the 27 points allowed to the Indiana Hoosiers, there wasn’t a truly surprising defensive result from a negative standpoint all year long. Remember that MSU already has a win over the Boise State Broncos, and it was unlucky not to claim games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, and Ohio State Buckeyes as well. The only team that beat the Spartans by more than four was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and hindsight 20/20, there was no shame in losing by 17 to the No. 1 team in the land. Take the points and know that you won’t need them with Sparty.
TCU vs. Michigan State Pick: Michigan State Spartans +2
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Score Prediction: Michigan State 20 – TCU 14