If you’re watching TCU play football in December or January, there’s a chance you’re going to get a good game. According to a stat posted my Mark Cohen, TCU’s Associate AD for Communications, the margin of victory in eight of the past nine bowl games the Horned Frogs have played in has been one score or less.
Get ready for a close one in this year's @valeroalamobowl! 8 of TCU’s last 9 bowl games & 10 of the past 12 were decided by 7 points or less.
— Mark Cohen (@TCUCohen) December 12, 2017
Only three out of TCU’s previous nine bowl games have been losses. The lone game where TCU won by multiple scores came in 2014, where a Horned Frog team that had been snubbed from the College Football Playoff completely annihilated a good Ole Miss team 47-3.
The three losses came at the hands of Georgia in 2016, Michigan State in 2012, and Boise State in 2010. The Frogs beat Oregon in the 2015 season’s bowl game, Ole Miss in the 2014 Peach Bowl, Louisiana Tech in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl from the 2010 season, Boise State in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, and Houston in the 2007 Texas Bowl. The Horned Frogs did not make a bowl game in the 2013 season, their only campaign in the past ten years to not end with postseason play.
There’s history here from the Alamo Bowl too, the last time the Horned Frogs played there, they came back from a seemingly insurmountable 31-0 deficit at the half to claim a 47-41 victory.
So if this year’s Alamo Bowl against Stanford gets dicey and ends in a nailbiter, just know that TCU is paying homage to their recent history in bowl games.