It’s always good for a team to get a win in the opening week of the season, even if that win comes at the hands of a much weaker opponent. As bettors, we don’t really learn too much about a team that blows out a team of lesser talent, but the manner in which they go about their business can be very telling. How do the top players play in the limited time that they see, and how do the freshmen and second stringers look when they get their shot? If the answer to the latter question is positive, it could well mean that a team has some serious depth, which could help them challenge for a playoff spot later in the season.The TCU Horned Frogs have been knocking on the playoff door over the past few seasons, boasting an offense that is among the most explosive in the business. They had that on full display in the opening week of the season and will have a chance to show it again when they face the SMU Mustangs as a 23 ½ point favorite at the latest odds for TCU vs SMU on Friday night.
TCU vs SMU NCAAF Week 2 Lines & Game Info
- When: Friday, September 7 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Gerald G. Ford Stadium, Dallas
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAF Week 2 Lines: TCU -23.5 (Total 58.5)
- Chance of a Thunderstorm: 27°C/80°F
- Humidity: 77%
- Precipitation: 44%
- Cloud Cover: 75%
- Wind: 7 mph NNE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the TCU Horned Frogs?TCU opened their season against Southern, a game that they were expected to win in a rout, which they did in a lopsided 55-7 win. This season, the Horned Frogs will be looking to put in a consistent effort from start to finish, as their offensive output started to wane in the later games, especially away from home.They saw their total points scored against FBS teams on the road drop from 31 PPG to less than 20 PPG through the final 4 weeks of the season, a run that killed their shot at getting into the playoffs. The 23 ½ point spread looks like a decent bet here until you consider that TCU are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The road efforts have been better, though, as they have covered in 6 of their last 9 games away from home.
Why bet on the SMU Mustangs?Things could not have been much worse for the SMU Mustangs in Week 1, as they stumbled in a big way, losing 46-26 to North Texas. If they gave up 46 to that team, what sort of damage can we expect to see against a much more talented TCU offense? If the last two meetings between these teams are anything to go by, then it could be a long day for the Mustangs. TCU has outscored SMU 89-3 in those previous 2 games.You really do have to wonder where the offense is going to come from for this team, whose running attack delivered a total of 4 yards in the Week 1 game. SMU is now on a run where they have lost 5 of their last 6, and that number should grow this week.
Latest TCU vs SMU NCAAF Week 2 Betting Trends
- Texas Christian is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Texas Christian is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas Christian’s last 5 games on the road
- Southern Methodist is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Southern Methodist is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Methodist’s last 9 games