The TCU Horned Frogs will be playing in the Cheez-It Bowl, formerly known as the Cactus Bowl, on December 26th.
After a rough start to conference play, the Horned Frogs managed to get bowl eligible in 2018. Now, those efforts are paying off as they go to Arizona to participate in a postseason match against PAC-12 foe Cal.
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Though TCU is used to making the postseason, their opponents will be playing a bowl game for the first time since 2015. The California Golden Bears are guided by second year head coach Justin Wilcox, who is making over a program that was used to scoring in bunches. Wilcox, somewhat of a journeyman defensive coordinator in the Power 5 ranks, has remade the Bears into more of a defensive team.
Under him, the Bears defeated USC this season for the first time in 14 years. In 2017, they upset a ranked Washington State team. Signs of progress continue to give Cal fans hope for the future.
If you are looking for a defensive battle to watch over the holidays, this is just your cup of tea. Both of these teams have upper echelon defenses, but are not exactly elite on the offensive side of the ball. With similar conference records – TCU is 6-6, 4-5 in Big 12 play, while Cal is 7-5, 4-5 in the PAC-12 – these two foes are not all too far apart.
All of that should make for a good game.
TCU will play Cal at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on the day after Christmas.