Liberty Bowl: Breaking down TCU vs. Georgia

December 29, 2016 GMT

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.


Series history: Georgia leads 3-0.

Key players: TCU - QB Kenny Hill, RB Kyle Hicks, WR Taj Williams; UG - QB Jacob Eason, RB Nick Chubb, WR Isaiah McKenzie

Who has the edge:

Offense – TCU. The Horned Frogs were up and down this season, but they still maintained a top-50 offense. They average 31.7 points (No. 50) and 475 yards (23rd) per game, doing most of their damage through the air (278.3 passing yards per game). The Bulldogs were anemic offensively, averaging 24 points and 382 yards per contest.

Defense – Georgia. The Bulldogs boast the No. 40 scoring defense in the FBS, allowing 24.2 points per game, and the 16th-ranked total defense (328). TCU allows 27.8 points and 428 yards per contest.

Special teams – Even. Georgia walk-on K Rodrigo Blankenship replaced K William Ham, then hit nine of his first 10 field-goal attempts. Blankenship is 13-of-16 on the season. Horned Frogs K Brandon Hartfield missed three field goals in a double-overtime loss to Texas Tech but was good on his past five attempts.

Notable: TCU and Georgia met in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1942, with the Bulldogs prevailing 40-26. Georgia won two more meetings in 1980 (34-3) and 1988 (38-10). TCU is 15-15-1 all-time in bowl games. This is the Horned Frogs’ 14th bowl appearance in 16 years under coach Gary Patterson. They’re 8-2 in their past 10 bowls.

About TCU: The Horned Frogs (6-6) lost two of their past three games and four of their past six, including a 30-6 loss to Kansas State to end the regular season. But they topped Texas 31-9 in Austin for their sixth victory, making the bowl eligible. Hill is 251-of-413 passing for 3,062 yards, 15 TDs and 13 INTs.

About Georgia: The Bulldogs (7-5) beat Auburn in their final SEC game, leaving them in a three-way tie for second in the SEC East. Then they beat Louisiana-Lafayette (35-21) and lost to rival Georgia Tech (28-27) in their final two games of the regular season. QB Eason is 192-of-349 for 2,266 yards, 14 TDs and eight INTs.