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Liberty Bowl

The Georgia Bulldogs have perennially been a strong bowl team over the last two decades with a 14-5 SU record over their last 19 postseason games. The Liberty Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs will be the first bowl game for Kirby Smart as a head coach, and he'll try to keep Georgia's run of recent success on track.

Kickoff: Friday, December 30 @ 12 noon ET
Location: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee
Additional Read: Georgia vs TCU Betting

2016 Liberty Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line

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Team Records
TCUBig 126-63-94-8

Liberty Bowl Matchup

Georgia came into the 2016 season with hopes of competing for the SEC East title on the heels of a 10-3 SU campaign that ended on a 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS run. Those hopes did not lead to results as the Bulldogs finished the regular season just 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS. The offense ranked outside the top 100 in the nation with just 24 points per game.

Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason is a work-in-progress for the Bulldogs. The young signal-caller showed flashes of brilliance in his first season, but also had his share of growing pains, throwing eight interceptions. Eason will have some of the load taken off his shoulders in the Liberty Bowl by Georgia's rushing duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who could fare well against a TCU rush defense that allowed 182.8 yards per game this season.

Coming off a 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS season in 2014 and an 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS season in 2015, TCU's mediocre year in 2016 was quite jarring. The Horned Frogs went just 6-6 SU and 3-9 ATS over the course of the regular season, failing to establish an identity on offense under quarterback Kenny Hill.

Hill threw 13 interceptions with just 15 touchdown passes this year in leading TCU to 31.7 points per game on offense. The Horned Frogs averaged 46.5 points per game in 2014 and 42.1 points per game in 2015, but the loss of Trevone Boykin under center was too much for this offense to handle.

If TCU hopes to pull off the upset, it will need to rely on its defense. Gary Patterson has coached the Horned Frogs to eight bowl wins in their last 10 postseason appearances, and opposing offenses have been held under 20 points seven times over that 10-game stretch.

Liberty Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of TCU's last nine games in the postseason.
  • TCU is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games.
  • TCU is 5-0 SU in its last five games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Georgia's last nine games in the postseason.
  • Georgia is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in December.
  • Georgia is 22-7 SU in its last 29 games after losing as a favorite.

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Liberty Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Liberty BowlStanford13East Carolina19+3E.CARE.CAR
1996Liberty BowlSyracuse30Houston17+16HOUSTOSYRACU
1997Liberty BowlPittsburgh7Southern Miss41-10S.MISSS.MISS
1998Liberty BowlBYU27Tulane41-7TULANETULANE
1999Liberty BowlColorado State17Southern Miss23-6.5COLOSTS.MISS
2000Liberty BowlColorado State22Louisville17+1.5COLOSTCOLOST
2001Liberty BowlBYU10Louisville28-2.5LOUISVLOUISV
2002Liberty BowlColorado State3TCU17+3TCUTCU
2003Liberty BowlUtah17Southern Miss0+2UTAHUTAH
2004Liberty BowlBoise State40Louisville44-9.5BOISELOUISV
2005Liberty BowlTulsa31Fresno State24-7.5TULSATULSA
2006Liberty BowlHouston36South Carolina44-5S.CAROS.CARO
2007Liberty BowlCentral Florida3Mississippi State10+3MISS STMISS ST
2008Liberty BowlEast Carolina19Kentucky25+3KENTUCKENTUC
2009Liberty BowlArkansas20East Carolina17+7.5E.CARARK
2010Liberty BowlCentral Florida10Georgia6-6UCFUCF
2011Liberty BowlCincinnati31Vanderbilt24-2CINCINCINCIN
2012Liberty BowlTulsa31Iowa State17+2.5TULSATULSA
2013Liberty BowlMississippi State44Rice7+7MISS STMISS ST
2014Liberty BowlWest Virginia37Texas A&M45+3.5Texas A&MTexas A&M
2015Liberty BowlKansas State23Arkansas45-13.5ArkansasArkansas
2016Liberty BowlGeorgia-TCU-+1  
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