Ole Miss Vs TCU Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Line, Prediction & TV ScheduleNoah Williams
With the Panthers eliminating the Falcons from the pro-football post season, the highlight of Atlanta’s sports season will be hosting to the most intriguing matchup of the bowl season outside of the playoff games when the No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels take on the No. 6 Horned Frogs of TCU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Analyzing The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Line & My Prediction
Historically the Peach Bowl pitted the ACC against the SEC, providing such a matchup every year since 1993. Now with the college bowl playoff to decide the National Championship instituted this season, the Peach Bowl has been elevated into the “New Year’s Six” rotation of major bowl games and no longer will be exclusive to ACC and SEC teams.
This year’s Peach Bowl tilt may be the biggest iteration yet, featuring the Big 12 co-champion No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs and the No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels out of the SEC, only the second Peach Bowl ever between top 10 teams – No. 10 LSU drubbed No. 9 Miami 40-3 in 2005.
The college bowl game odds makers listed the Horned Frogs as one field-goal favorites over the Rebels and the game total is 56.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels vs No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs
Date: Dec. 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Stadium: Georgia Dome
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: TCU Vs Ole Miss
Point Spread: Frogs -3
Game Total: 56
Mississippi will win the Peach Bowl if
They can shut down TCU’s high-powered offense – and put at least 30 points on the board!
The bottom line for Mississippi is that they’re going to have to slow down TCU’s explosive offense if they’re going to have any shot at beating the Horned Frogs in this intriguing Peach Bowl pairing.
The Rebels averaged an impressive 30.4 points per game during the regular season (57th) and had the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense as they limited their opponents to just 13.8 points per game.
Still, the Rebels lost three of their final five games while giving up 35 points to Alabama and suffering a pitiful 30-0 shutout loss at Arkansas in their next-to-last regular season games.
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace threw for 3,085 yards and 22 touchdowns, but the strong-armed signal-caller also threw 11 interceptions and his lack of mobility caused him to get sacked a whopping26 times.
TCU will win the Peach Bowl if
If they score like they normally do!
The Horned Frogs ranked second in the nation in scoring by putting up a whopping 46.8 points per game. TCU comes into this matchup with a serious chip on their shoulders after being left out of the first-ever four-team playoff despite winning their final seven games and throttling Iowa State 55-3 in their finale.
Were it not for Ohio State’s stunning 59-0 thrashing of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, the Horned Frogs would have had a shot at the national title.
TCU is led by often electrifying junior quarterback Trevone Boykin, a player that will undoubtedly be one of the leading candidate to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,714 yards with an impressive 30 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.
The dual threat second-team All-American knows his team is entering this game on fire, despite getting snubbed by the NCAA playoff committee.
“I don’t think it can get any better than it is right now,” Boykin told reporters about TCU’s attack.
If the Horned Frogs can score the ball like they normally do, while keeping Mississippi’s offense mostly in check, the Rebels are in for an uphill battle.
Who will win the Peach Bowl?
A whopping 70 percent of the public have bet on TCU to win and cover the spread against Mississippi and so do I!
The Horned Frogs have scored at least 41 points in five of their final seven games, but the scary part for the Rebels is the fact that TCU has limited each of their last seven opponents to 30 points or less and three of those to a shocking 10 points or less.
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Mississippi is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five bowl games, but the Rebels are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
TCU is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and a blistering 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against teams with a winning SU record.
"We need to move on,” Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson told reporters. “The players want to finish this season like they started. They’re excited about coming to Atlanta.”
The Rebels win and cover the Peach Bowl betting odds with room to spare!