Venue: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Game
When: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:00pm ET / ESPN
Where: Memphis, Tenn. - Memorial Stadium
Who: Georgia Bulldogs vs. TCU Horned Frogs
The Georgia Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs have to be considered disappointing teams this season. At one time or another, both teams were ranked in the Top 15 in America, and they finished 7-5 and 6-6 respectively in conferences that were largely considered to have down years. The SEC was really Alabama and the idiots, while TCU was in the only Power 5 conference that didn't even have a sniff of the playoff table this season. Alas, the two teams are going to get a shot to finish the year on a high note in the Liberty Bowl against one another in the first of five bowl games to be played on December 30.
It's a big learning opportunity for Jacob Eason, UGA's freshman quarterback who certainly has had some tough times this season. His growing pains could be aided if he can figure out a stingy TCU defense, one that has been dominant at times and flat out embarrassing in others.
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Preview: The 58th year of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is scheduled for December 30 in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s matchup between TCU and Georgia is a battle of two very young teams that are happy just to be in a bowl game. TCU finished fifth in the Big 12, while their opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs finished 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. Even though this isn’t a huge bowl, the game is important for both teams. The season didn’t go according to plans for either team but a win by either team will be huge heading into next year. The spread for the game is pick em’ with a game total of 49. Continue...
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Memphis is known for Elvis, the blues and barbecue, but in the beginning of January, a patriotic clash of College football postseason makes the Liberty Bowl one of the best times of the year.
The annual Liberty Bowl is set to take place this year on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET ( ESPN ), and will take place at Memorial Stadium in Memphis, home field of the Memphis Tigers football team.
Pitting teams from the SEC and Conference USA, this popular bowl game draws football betting fans from across the country to root for their favorite football squad and a coveted postseason title.
The bowl game is officially known as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl since the car parts dealer took over sponsorship in 2004.
As far as College football bettors are concerned, the annual Liberty Bowl matchup looks like a value-packed venture that gridiron gamblers will have a good chance of cashing in against, no matter whether they like backing the Favorite or Underdog.
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One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.
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The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy produced by Schulmerich is an authentic, one-quarter-sized replica of the bell that rang in Independence Hall to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
It has the same nicked edges, foundry marks, misspelled inscription and even the famous crack—all crafted to maintain the integrity of the Bell in every detail.
Cast in traditional black bronze, the bell measures 12 inches in diameter and 11-1/2 inches high with crown.
It is bolted to a handmade wooden yoke and swings on legs cast with the filigree design that appears on the original mounting.
Played every December since 1959, The Liberty Bowl was played first in Philadelphia - hence the Liberty Title - but proved too cold for the (approx) 8000 fans in attendance.
It was moved indoors at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, and has since moved to Memphis, calling it home since 1965.
In the 80s, the winner of the commander in Chiefs Trophy received an automatic invite to play the Liberty Bowl.
Since 1997, the season champ of Conference USA has served as the host team. And since the start of the 2006 College football season, the Liberty Bowl will match teams from Conference USA and the Southeastern Conference.
The sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott delivered a performance that would have made his mother proud.
Prescott threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores Tuesday as Mississippi State trounced Rice 44-7 in the most one-sided AutoZone Liberty Bowl victory in the game's 55-year history.
Mississippi State (7-6) wrapped up its fourth straight winning season and prevented Rice (10-4) from winning bowl games in back-to-back years for the first time. All of Mississippi State's losses this season came against teams currently in the Top 25: No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Auburn, No. 14 LSU, No. 8 South Carolina, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 3 Alabama.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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