The TCU Horned Frogs have, sportsbook-wise and otherwise-wise, embarrassed the Texas Longhorns for three years in a row. Texas Christian has beat UT by a combined margin of 103 points in their last three meetings. Needless to say, but we’ll say it anyway, TCU has covered the sportsbook betting online spread on all three occasions. “We haven’t performed well against them since they joined the conference and they’re an in-state school and we take those games very seriously,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said. “We want to make sure that we perform well against them and win more than we have, especially since they joined the conference.”
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) November 3, 2017
- Date: November 4
- Time: 7:20 PM
- Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Ft. Worth, TX
- Sportsbook online odds:
Texas +7 (-115) 47 (-110) +230
TCU -7 (-105) 47 (-110) -270
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All three of Texas QBs are available so why not use them all? “You’re liable to see a wide variety of quarterbacks back there,” Herman said. “I would imagine that all three quarterbacks are probably going to play at one point or another” against TCU. Sam Ehlinger is 2-3 this season but his three losses have been by a combined total of just 11 points. The Longhorns, as a matter of fact, covered in all three (then again, Texas has so far only failed to cover in their very first game of the season). Shane Buechele is 2-1 and especially effective on the road, and Jerrod Heard has thrown just two passes this years, but ran for 39 yards and two TDs against San Jose State. Perhaps this promiscuity under center is part of the reason that the offense has struggled with consistency this year. The defense, on the other hand, has held their previous two opponents to a combined 20 points while posting five sacks and 16 tackles for a loss, and can be credited for keeping the sportsbook total under in UT’s last three games (in fact, the total has gone over in just two Texas games this season).
Need some time off from that emotion
The Frogs kickoff this Saturday the stretch of the schedule that head coach Gary Patterson calls “emotional games” because they involve the other three Texas colleges in the conference. Patterson best be careful, because emotions are like losses; you let out one emotion, all the rest will come with it. It’s like Endora’s box. And TCU is after all coming off its first loss of the season, 7-14 to Iowa State on Saturday. Quarterback Kenny Hill had his game of the season, completing just 12 of his 25 passes and throwing two picks. On the other end of the ball, the defense, like Texas’, is allowing just 20 combined points in its last three, all of which leads to believe that this one could be a defensive war as well as one of those anomalous Texas games in which the total goes under. TCU is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games at home and the visitor is 4-1 SU and ATS in the last 5 games in this matchup, so look for the Longhorns to continue their against-the-sportsbook-spread streak.