Texas Tech Vs TCU College Football Expert Picks
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and TCU Horned Frogs will square off in a Week 9 Big 12 betting battle that looks like an exciting affair just waiting to happen. With both teams featuring high-powered offenses and overly generous defenses, let’s find out where the value in this pairing lies.
In Depth Analysis On The Texas Tech Red Raiders Vs TCU Horned Frogs College Football Expert Picks
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Amon Carter Stadium, Forth Worth, Texas
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: TCU Horned Frogs -8.5
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) played some fantastic football but ended up on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 66-59 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma in Week 8 that turned out to be the most exciting game of the week. Quarterback Pat Mahomes II completed 52 of 88 passes for 734 yards with five TD passes and one interception. But the Red Riders allowed Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield to toss seven touchdown passes in the crushing loss.
For the season, Mahomes II is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,313 yards with 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Mahomes has tossed an impressive four touchdown passes or more in six of his last eight games to lead an offense that ranks second in the nation in scoring (50.3 ppg). Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing a whopping 43.9 points to rank a dismal 127th nationally.
The TCU Horned Frogs (4-3 SU, 1-6 TS) got dominated in their 34-10 loss against West Virginia on Saturday as the Mountaineers signal-caller Skyler Howard tossed for TD passes. TCU signal-caller Kenny Hill completed just 18 of 31 pass attempts for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Horned Frogs are ranked a solid 30th in scoring (35.9 ppg) but are ranked just 87th in points allowed by giving up a generous 30.6 points per contest defensively.
Prediction and Pick
I have absolutely no idea why TCU is nearly double-digit favorite against Texas Tech, but I think the Red Riders are the easy pick to cover the college football betting line in another shootout that goes down to the wire.
Texas Tech is 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Conversely, TCU is 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Keep it simple and back the more offensively-explosive Red Raiders to get it done!