Both the TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers tend to lean more toward the over side of the NCAA football betting total, except, that is, when they face each other. Texas Christian and WVU have combined for just 51.7 points per game in their previous three meetings, but their next encounter, pitting Nos. 2 and 5 schools in points per game (with the caveat that TCU has beat the likes of Arkansas and Oklahoma State while West Virginia has been thrown such softballs as East Carolina, Delaware State and Kansas), could very well turn out to be a shootout.
- Date: October 7th
- Time: 3:35 PM
- Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
- Sportsbook Vegas odds College Football Betting :
West Virginia +13½ (-110) 68 (-110) +415
TCU -13½ (-110) 68 (-110) -525
We now return you to your regularly scheduled West Virginia Mountaineers, already in progress
The Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA have the ‘Process,’ but WVU has the ‘Progress.’ “We’re a work in progress, there’s no question,” defensive line coach Bruce Tall said. “We’d like to be farther along than we are, but I feel real good about how we’ve prepared for this game. “It’s the same guys playing the same positions. We’re a work in progress. We just have to get better at what we’re doing.” The ‘Neers rank 56th in pass defense and 114th in run defense, so they had best get as progressive as early Genesis. You know, when Peter Gabriel was still the lead vocalist. With an offense averaging 57 points and 595.7 yards per game, there is no one left to blame other than the defense for WVU going 1-3 ATS this season. West Virginian is, moreover, 1-4 ATS playing a team with a winning record, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games on the road, and 4-13 against the NCAA football betting spread in the last 17 October games.
TCU’s pyramid is only three ninths full
The Horned Frogs are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS this season, while averaging almost 500 yards per game, and scoring more than 55 points in two of their four games. But that is, according to safety Niko Small, “just a slice of what we need to fully accomplish.”
Still a lot of unblemished white space to be shaded in purple for eighth-ranked TCU this season. pic.twitter.com/kpnVpv2NF3
— Stephen Hawkins (@hawkaptexas) October 3, 2017
The next level to be filled is titled “Draw the Line” and it involves winning the next four home games, starting of course, with West Virginia, to whom they lost, at the same time failing to cover, 10-34 last season (the total, as we gathered from the introductory paragraph, went under). Horn Frogs head coach Gary Patterson should, though the Disciples of Christ, with whom TCU is affiliated, probably frown on gambling, add an extra row to the pyramid, with the headline being “Cover the Spread.” TCU is 1-3 in the last four games versus WVU, 3-7 ATS in the last 10 games against Big 12 opponents, 1-10 ATS in the last 11 home games, and 5-12 against the NCAA football betting spread in the last 17 overall games.