In the animal kingdom, football is played with cheetah running backs, buffalo linemen, and a seagull that is forced to curl up and act as the ball. Catch humanity's version of the animals' gridiron gallantry with today's GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get one ticket for plaza-level seating in sections 15–26 at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, which pits Texas Christian University against Louisiana Tech at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 21, at 5 p.m. (up to a $65 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 4 p.m.
Celebrating its seventh year, the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl pits a pair of conference champions against each other in an annual postseason slugfest for gridiron supremacy. Making their third Poinsettia Bowl appearance, Mountain West Conference standout TCU Horned Frogs bound into Qualcomm Stadium on the heels of an impressive 10-win regular season. Quarterback Casey Pachall captains a quick-strike TCU offense, and All-Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Tank Carder anchors a linebacker core that allows no runner past the line of scrimmage without first demanding an up-to-date passport.
Meanwhile, Western Athletic Conference champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs hope to counter with an equally potent point-scoring strategy. Recognized for his spectacular catches and innovative rocket-strapped cleats, speedy wide receiver Quinton Patton hunts for goal-line glory alongside running back Lennon Creer, a candidate for this season's Doak Walker Award. Additionally, ESPN's cameras will chronicle the game from the sidelines, broadcasting each highlight-reel play and secret referee handshake to a national audience.