College football does not have a preseason batch of games like they do in the NFL, with scrimmage games being the closest thing to those warm-up games. One way around this problem is to have a couple of easy game at the start of the season that allows your players to get up to the speed of the game and build up a little confidence in the process. For the lesser teams involved, it’s a nice way to rake in some money that helps keep the athletics program afloat. We have one such game in the opening weekend of the season, with the Southern University Jaguars from the SWAC heading into Fort Worth to face the NCAAF odds favorites TCU Horned Frogs.This is a game that has all the makings of a horribly one-sided affair, and while it will tell us little about what to expect from TCU in regards their chances for the rest of the season, this is more about getting some meaningful playing minutes for most of the squad.
Southern University vs TCU College Football Week 1 Betting Lines
- When: Saturday, Sept 1 at 12 PM EST
- Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
- TV: ESPNU
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Football Week 1 Betting Lines: TBA
Why bet on the Southern University Jaguars?There really is very little reason to think that the Jaguars can head into Texas and come away with any type of result. In reality, this is probably going to be more of an exercise in damage control than anything else. The Jaguars are coming off a rather good season in 2017, where they went 7-4, including a 5-32 record in the SWAC. As good as the season as they never faced a team as talented as what they will go up against when they line up across from TCU next Saturday.This is a team that can score against teams on their talent level, though. They went on a 6-game winning streak at one point last season, averaging over 36 PPG during that run. That said, they also had a 3-game losing skid that saw them give up an average of 48 PPG.
Why bet on the TCU Horned Frogs?It was another double-digit win for the TCU Horned Frogs last year, finishing the season with an 11-3 record. TCU has long been known as a team that can score quite routinely, which they did last season, averaging over 33 PPG. The knock on them has always been that they have not been as solid on the defensive side of the football, but that changed last year, as they held opponents to a mere 19 PPG.It is worth noting that 2 of their 3 losses last season came at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, a team that ended up making it into the playoffs last season. The only other loss came against Iowa State on a day where the offense simply had a total off day. This team has a legitimate shot at being a conference champion if they can stay consistent on both sides of the football.
Latest College Football Betting Trends
- Southern University is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
- Southern University is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Texas Christian is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Texas Christian is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas Christian’s last 10 games