Al Gore fully supports Houston's participation in this bowl, and he urges the players to ride Segways to the stadium.
Teams: TCU & Houston
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Miles Traveled By Each Team: TCU(269), Houston(0)
Related Cereal: Waffelos(It’s got a cowboy on the box. It has to be related to Texas.)
Breakdown: TCU heads into this game with the #40 ranked rushing offense(169yds/gm, 19TD's), and the #61 ranked passing offense(219yds/gm, 13TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #64 in the nation. On defense, the Horned Frogs’ defense is ranked #18 against the run(109yds/gm, 12TD's), and #34 against the pass(210yds/gm, 12TD's). Their total defense is ranked #16, and surrenders an average of 320yds/gm and has allowed 26 total touchdowns.
Their opponent, Houston, walks(literally! into the stadium with the #10 ranked rush attack(239yds/gm, 32TD's), and the #27 ranked passing offense(273yds/gm, 23TD's). Their total offense is ranked #4. The Cougars’ defense is ranked #51 against the rush(141yds/gm, 19TD's), and #53 against the pass(223yds/gm, 28TD's). Their total defense is ranked #49, and allows an average of 365yds/gm and has given up 47 total touchdowns.
Signature Wins: TCU-Stanford? Houston-Rice?(Win started a stretch where they went 6-1.)
Common Opponents: Southern Methodist and Colorado State. TCU beat Southern Methodist, 21-7. The Cougars beat them 38-28. The Horned Frogs beat Colorado State, 24-12. Houston beat them 38-27.
Prediction: TCU enters the Texas Bowl with the stronger defense. Early on they should be able to somewhat contain Houston’s high-powered offense. However, Houston’s strong rushing attack should wear out the TCU defense, and in the second half the Cougars should pull away a bit. TCU’s defense will keep them in it, but their offense just isn’t strong enough to keep up. Houston beats TCU, 31-20