College Football
Preview
Stanford vs Texas Christian
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 28, 2017
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas



VALERO ALAMO BOWL STORYLINES

1. TCU’s elite run defense faces its toughest test of the season when the team faces Stanford and running back Bryce Love in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Antonio. Love finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting after leading Power 5 running backs in rushing yards (1,973), rushing yards per game (164.4), yards per carry (8.3) and runs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. “I don’t know if you could ask anything more of a football player,” Cardinal coach David Shaw told reporters.

2. Stanford bounced back from a loss at Washington State to win the Pac-12 North Division but fell 31-28 in the conference title game despite strong efforts from Love and sophomore quarterback K.J. Costello, who passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns. TCU closed with back-to-back wins over Texas Tech and Baylor to secure a spot in the Big 12 championship game, where it was outscored 17-0 in the second half of a 41-17 loss to Oklahoma. TCU is 5-0 against Pac-12 opponents under coach Gary Patterson, including two wins over Stanford.

3. TCU has limited opponents to 3.2 yards per carry (eighth in the nation) behind defensive ends Mat Boesen and Ben Banogu, who led the Big 12 in sacks with 11.5 and 8.5, respectively. Making their second appearance in the Alamo Bowl over the last three seasons, the Horned Frogs rallied from a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon 47-41 in triple overtime in their last visit on Jan. 2, 2016. This year’s trip could be just as dramatic, considering that eight of TCU’s last nine bowl games have been decided by seven points or fewer.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: TCU -2.5

ABOUT STANFORD (9-4, 7-2 Pac-12): The Cardinal's offense was fairly one-dimensional before Costello took over as the starter late in the season and finished with a total of 11 touchdowns against three interceptions. Costello’s favorite targets are wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside (six touchdowns) and tight end Dalton Schultz, an All-Pac-12 First-Team selection. Senior defensive lineman Harrison Phillips had 17 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries to lead a unit that has allowed 21.5 points per game and owns a plus-15 turnover margin, which tied for second in the nation.

ABOUT TCU (10-3, 7-2 Big 12): Senior quarterback Kenny Hill accounted for 25 touchdowns while completing 67.2 percent of his passes to lead a balanced offense that averaged 33.2 points per contest but struggled in the Big 12 title game. TCU had five All-Big 12 First-Team selections on defense, including the duo of Boesen and Banogu, linebacker Travin Howard, safety Nick Orr and cornerback Ranthony Texada. Howard’s 83 tackles, including seven for loss, have him on pace to become the first player to lead the team in stops in three consecutive seasons.



PREDICTION: TCU 27, Stanford 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Stanford 9-4 L1 32.0 21.5 6-0 3-4 7-3 0-0 7-3
Texas Christian 10-3 L1 33.2 17.6 6-0 4-3 6-2 0-0 7-3
Last Meeting
Stanford Texas Christian
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/13/08 STAN 14 TCU 31 193 71 122 378 233 145
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Stanford T. Pritchard 52.4 122 0 1
Texas Christian A. Dalton 55.6 145 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Stanford T. Gerhart 15 45 3.0 0
Texas Christian A. Dalton 17 91 5.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Stanford T. Gerhart 3 42 14.0 0
Texas Christian J. Young 5 36 7.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Stanford D. Baldwin 1
Texas Christian R. Christian 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Stanford K. Costello 59.8 1386 11 2
Texas Christian K. Hill 67.2 2838 21 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Stanford B. Love 237 1973 8.3 17
Texas Christian D. Anderson 128 768 6.0 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Stanford J. Arcega-Whiteside 43 720 16.7 6
Texas Christian J. Diarse 33 543 16.5 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Stanford B. Love 17
Texas Christian D. Anderson 8
Quickchart Matchup
Stanford Stanford Off vs  Texas Christian Texas Christian Def
Stanford 389.9 yards
Texas Christian 328.5 yards
Stanford 6 yards/rush
Texas Christian 2.9 yards/rush
Stanford 7.2 yards/attempt
Texas Christian 7.3 yards/attempt
Texas Christian Texas Christian Off vs  Stanford Stanford Def
Texas Christian 414 yards
Stanford 399.2 yards
Texas Christian 4.5 yards/rush
Stanford 4.6 yards/rush
Texas Christian 7.9 yards/attempt
Stanford 7.6 yards/attempt