TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders: Preview and Pick
3 Replies | 395 ViewsOn 09/09/2013 06:45 AM in NCAA Football
The bruised and banged up TCU Horned Frogs will not have much time to get healthy as they battle the Texas Tech Red Raiders on a Thursday night edition of college football. With smaller games stealing the Thursday night spotlight this season, this will be one of the biggest games to be played midweek this year.
TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds
The college football betting line for this game opened with the Horned Frogs as (-6) point favorites, but that number has started to plummet due to injury news and can be found at (-3) at most of the top rated sports books. The betting public slightly favors the road team as 54 percent of the betting public is on the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs enter this game with some big injuries that will grab all of the headlines leading up to kickoff. TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall injured his forearm in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Southeastern Louisiana. This senior leader is an important cog to this Horned Frogs team who cannot have a loss against Texas Tech if they want to stay in the hunt for a BCS bowl game.
It has already been announced that Pachall will not start and sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin will take over under center when they play the Red Raiders on Thursday night.
On the other sideline, Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is making sure that his team will be ready to go for this midweek game. Kingsbury said a key to Thursday’s game against TCU will be which team handles the short week better. While TCU won an early game, Texas Tech had to pay a late game, but Kingsbury had his starters out of the game early as the team cruised to a 61-13 victory over Stephen F. Austin.
The college football trends show that this could be a soft spot for the Horned Frogs. The Horned Frogs are 1-5 (against the spread) ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 20 points, 3-7 ATS in the last ten conference games and 2-5 ATS in the last seven games against a team with a winning record.
The Red Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 20 points, 5-2 ATS in the last seven games after a win in which they covered the spread and a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five games in September.
TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick
With plenty of time to go before game day, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to kickoff.