Texas Bowl Picks & Preview: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. TCU Horned Frogs – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

The 2020 Texas Bowl will take place on Thursday Night, December 31, 2020 and will feature the Arkansas Razorbacks taking on the TCU Horned Frogs

The Texas Bowl is being played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

Texas Bowl History

This year is the 15th year for the Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl has had many different sponsors which has claimed the name of the bowl over the years.

This year, the official sponsor and namesake is Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. This is the fourth year for the sponsor, which took over for Advocare in 2017. Advocare was the primary sponsor from 2014-2016. Meineke Car Care was the host sponsor from 2011-2012.

The following are the previous Texas Bowl game history:

  • December 28, 2006 7:00 PM Rutgers 37 Kansas State 10
  • December 28, 2007 7:00 PM TCU 20 Houston 13
  • December 30, 2008 7:00 PM Rice 38 W. Michigan 14
  • December 31, 2009 2:30 PM Navy 35 Missouri 13
  • December 29, 2010 5:00 PM Illinois 38 Baylor 14
  • December 31, 2011 11:00 AM Texas A&M 33 Northwestern 22
  • December 28, 2012 8:00 PM Texas Tech 34 Minnesota 31
  • December 27, 2013 5:00 PM Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17
  • December 29, 2014 8:00 PM Arkansas 31 Texas 7
  • December 29, 2015 8:00 PM LSU 56 Texas Tech 27
  • December 28, 2016 8:00 PM Kansas State 33 Texas A&M 28
  • December 27, 2017 8:00 PM Texas 33 Missouri 16
  • December 27, 2018 8:00 PM Baylor 45 Vanderbilt 38
  • December 27, 2019 8:00 PM Texas A&M Aggies 24 vs. Oklahoma St 21

In the most chaotic and different college football season of our lifetimes, the craziness will continue into bowl season. While some bowls have been canceled, the Texas Bowl will feature a team that gained three wins in the regular season.

The 3-7 Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the TCU Horned Frogs on New Year’s Eve at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Preview: Salvage the Season

The Arkansas Razorbacks come into the Texas Bowl with a record of 3-7 playing out of the SEC. Arkansas will have gone 18 days since playing a game.

Their last contest was a 52-3 loss to Alabama on December 12. The week before, the Razorbacks had an epic game against Missouri that ended with Missouri kicking a last-second field goal to beat Arkansas 50-48.

In that game, quarterback KJ Jefferson played terrific, throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 32 yards on the ground and a score. The Razorbacks will likely play Jefferson as well as senior Feleipe Franks at quarterback throughout the game.

Franks was injured during the season but is healthy now and returned in the Alabama game to completed eight of 10 passes for 90 yards. So expect both of these signal-callers to get snaps in the game.

On the season, Franks has completed 69% of his passes for 2,107 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has been intercepted four times and sacked 30 times. Jefferson’s completion rate is much lower, but he adds a running dynamic to the offense that Franks does not.

Junior running back Trelon Smith has gained 710 yards on 134 carries and five touchdowns. The Razorbacks’ receiving tandem of Treylon Burks and Mike Woods are rock solid.

Burks has caught 51 passes for 820 yards and seven touchdowns, while Woods has caught 32 passes for 619 yards and five scores.

TCU Horned Frogs Betting Preview: Finish the Season Strong

The TCU Horned Frogs come into play with a record of 6-4 playing out the Big 12 Conference. TCU had some signature wins, including victories over then-No.9 Texas, and then-No. 15 Oklahoma State.

In their last game, the Horned Frogs dismantled Louisiana Tech 52-10 on December 12. Quarterback Max Duggan threw for a touchdown and ran for one as well. TCU’s running game was the story in this one.

The Horned Frogs rushed for 333 yards and six touchdowns in the game. This group was led by running backs Kendre Miller and Zach Evans. Miller carried the ball five times for 136 yards and two scores, and Evans seven times for 130 yards and two scores.

Most of Duggan’s efforts in the air were capitalized by wide receiver Quentin Johnston, who hauled in five passes for 133 yards and a score.

On the season, Duggan has completed 61% of his passes for 1,795 yards and ten touchdowns.

He has been intercepted four times and sacked 19 times. Duggan also leads the team in rushing with 526 yards for a TCU team that boasts four players with at least 300 yards rushing. The running game has accounted for 23 touchdowns.

Arkansas vs. TCU Betting Odds & Lines

MyBookie has the Horned Frogs favored by six points.

Free Betting Pick

The issue here is that Arkansas, while playing in the SEC, is not a particularly good football team, especially on defense. They have allowed nearly 200 yards rushing per game, which is making TCU’s eyes light up.

TCU should run the football with relative ease and win this game by more than a touchdown. Take the Horned Frogs in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: TCU -6

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