We tend to look at the offensive and defensive stats of a team, as well as their win-loss record, to recognize which are the best of the best. There is more that goes into making a great than just that, though, as it is often the intangibles that come into play. One thing that tends to be seen in every great team is the ability to respond well when the going gets a little tougher or the chips are down. In college football, that very often means finding a way to bounce back and close out the season strong after taking a loss that severely hurts your playoff chances.
This is something that very much applies to the Oklahoma Sooners, as they need to find a way to respond in Week 8 against TCU after going down to the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Showdown before heading into a bye week. The Sooners will have had plenty of time to think about that stunning loss, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they react as an 8 ½ point favorite. The point total has been set at 61 ½.
Oklahoma at TCU NCAA Football Week 8 Spread & Game Info
- When: Saturday, October 20 at 12 PM EST
- Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
- TV: ABC
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: ABC Go
- NCAA Football Week 8 Spread: Oklahoma -8.5 (Total 61.5)
- Overcast: 16°C/61°F
- Humidity: 90%
- Precipitation: 15%
- Cloud Cover: 90%
- Wind: 10 mph NNE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners?Coming into this season, the biggest concern for Sooners fans was how they were going to replace Baker Mayfield at the QB position. Those concerns were soon put to rest when they saw what Kyler Murray brought to the table. The Oklahoma offense has remained electric and has barely missed a beat from last season, averaging 48 PPG.
They fell a little short of their season average against the Texas Longhorns a couple of weeks ago and it ended up costing them, as they went down 48-45 in a thrilling Red River Showdown. The Sooners need to shake that off and get back to doing what they do best, including winning on the road, where they are 12-1 SU in their last 13. They are 7-1 SU against TCU in their last 8 meetings but have an issue covering in road games, going 1-6 ATS in their last 7.
- Average Score For: 48.00
- Total Yards: 524.66
- Rush Yards: 208.83
- Passing Yards: 315.83
- Average Score Against: 27.33
- Total Yards: 421.16
- Rush Yards: 156.83
- Passing Yards: 264.33
Why bet on the TCU Horned Frogs?The Horned Frogs season is certainly not going to plan, as they now look like a team that seems to have given up on the year, losing 3 of their last 4 games and not being particularly competitive in the process. They were in as the favorite for 2 of those 3 losses, which makes their decline all the more difficult to swallow.
This is a team that is now just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games, with things getting even worse at home, where they are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6. At this rate, the Horned Frogs are going to be lucky to even get into a bowl game, as it’s tough to see where those 3 more wins they need to be bowl eligible might come from.
- Average Score For: 28.67
- Total Yards: 414.16
- Rush Yards: 177.33
- Passing Yards: 236.83
- Average Score Against: 20.17
- Total Yards: 311.83
- Rush Yards: 129.83
- Passing Yards: 182.00
Oklahoma at TCU NCAA Football Week 8 Betting Trends
- Oklahoma is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Oklahoma is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma’s last 7 games
- Texas Christian is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
- Texas Christian is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas Christian’s last 5 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Oklahoma at TCUGiven how these two have played to this point in the season, I am a little surprised at the spread here. I expected the Sooners to be bigger favorites, which is why I see this as a real value play. Let’s go with the Sooners to win and cover.
Score: Oklahoma Sooners 40 – TCU Horned Frogs 23