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What's the story with TCU?

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Tom Pennington

MSU will face TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29 in Tempe, Ariz. at 10:15 p.m. ET.

We'll have plenty of preview stuff when the game gets closer, but here's a quick rundown of what TCU has done this year.

Record: 7-5 (4-5, Big 12)
Notable wins: 49-21 at Baylor, 20-13 at Texas
Notable losses: 37-23 vs. Iowa State, 36-14 at Oklahoma State

Leading passer: Trevone Boykin - 154-for-263 (58.6 percent), 1,853 yards, 15 TDs, 9 INTs
Leading rusher: B.J. Catalon - 116 att, 562 yards (4.8 ypc), 0 TDs
Leading receiver: Josh Boyce - 61 catches, 800 yards (13.1 yards per catch), 7 TDs
Leading tackler: Kenny Cain - 74 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs

National Rankings:

Passing offense: 56
Rushing offense: 66
Total offense: 64

Passing defense: 54
Rushing defense: 10
Total defense: 18

Other:
No. 6 in the nation with 32 takeaways (including 21 INTs), but also had 27 giveaways

Quick take:

This is a matchup between two of the best defenses in the nation, and TCU had to go up against a lot of high-powered offenses in the Big Ten. TCU opened as a five-point favorite, but it has already come down a bit. Both offenses like to be balanced, and it will be interesting to see what kinds of gameplans these teams come up with.

MSU is 1-4 in bowl games under Mark Dantonio, but this might be the most even matchup of all of them. MSU loves to try new formations and new players in bowl games, so expect a bit of creativity. Remember, MSU had zero points at halftime against Georgia, but made a lot of halftime adjustments and put together a great second half a year ago. Taking advantages of turnovers and red zone offense might be the biggest keys in this game.

I believe MSU will wear home jerseys (since Oklahoma was home last year), and I hope both teams wear their chrome helmets.

Make sure you check out Frogs O' War for all things TCU.

All in all, this might be the Big Ten's best shot at a bowl win, and I expect it to be a close one.