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Bowl preview: Georgia @ TCU

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 12:49 am EST

On Friday afternoon, the Georgia Bulldogs faces the TCU Horned Frogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN. The game will be on ESPN at noon EST.

The Bulldogs are 7-5, while the Horned Frogs are 6-6. Both teams were 4-1 on the road.

Jacob Eason (Getty Images)

Jacob Eason (Getty Images)

“Our standards have been very high at TCU, and being 6-6 is not something that we’re that happy about,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “But we’re glad that we got back to a bowl game. I think that helps us, especially playing against a great opponent.

“For us, it’s really growing up as a football team and finding out how we need to play going into next season because we weren’t happy with this one.”

This is the second meeting between these two teams Georgia won their initial meeting 38-10 on Sept. 10, 1988.

Georgia is 5-0 in their last five neutral site games.

The Horned Frogs are 4-0 in their last four games on field turf. They are 6-0 in their last December games.

TCU is also 8-2 in their last 10 bowl games. They are 15-15-1 in 31 previous bowl games.

They lost 17-16 to the Michigan State Spartans on Dec. 29, 2012 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. They also lost 17-10 to the Boise State Broncos on Jan. 4, 2010 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Georgia is 29-19-3 in their previous 51 bowl games. This; however, is Kirby Smart’s first bowl game with the team.

They have won their last two bowl games. Georgia hasn’t lost a bowl game since Jan. 1, 2014 when they were defeated 24-19 by the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl.

They are 1-2 in the Liberty Bowl. Their last appearance prior to this game was in 2010.

TCU will be appearing in the Liberty Bowl for the first-time since Dec. 31, 2002 when they defeated the Colorado Rams 17-3.

Georgia lost its last game to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs haven’t won a game since Nov. 19 when they defeated the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 35-21.

“We’ve had some good days of fundamental work and a couple game-week-related practices as part of our preparation,” Smart said. “Our kids are excited; they’ve been working hard. We’ve done some work in the kicking game and the red (zone) area too.”

TCU also lost its previous game to the Kansas State Wildcats. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 25 when they defeated the Texas Longhorns 31-9.

Jacob Eason leads the Bulldogs attack with 2,266 passing yards. He has 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Nick Chubb has 988 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Isaiah McKenzie has 530 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Kenny Hill leads the Horned Frogs attack with 3,062 passing yards. He has 15 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

Kyle Hicks has 954 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Taj Williams has 702 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

“Our defense is going to have to go against some four- and five-receiver sets and that puts you in pass-rush mode,” Smart said. “The TCU offense presents some challenges that we’re not used to seeing.”

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