College Football Week 9 Picks: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
TCU Horned Frogs at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday, 10/27/12, 3:30 PM EST, TV: N/A
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma State -9
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma State -8
Opening Total: 61
Current Total: 62.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
TCU looks to bounce back from a 56-53 overtime loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 2.5-point home favorites, while the team has gone OVER the total in three consecutive games. “Welcome to the Big 12,” stated Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson after suffering consecutive home losses in a single season for the first time since 1998. The Horned Frogs are set to leave the state of Texas for just the second time this season, as they’ve won their last 14 conference road games. TCU is 3-0 ATS after allowing 37 or more points in its last game.
The Horned Frogs and Cowboys rank first and second respectively in terms of having the nation’s longest active streak of scoring at least 20 points in a game. TCU has tallied a 22-6 record in regular-season games following a loss under Patterson’s direction, but this time may be different. The program is tied with the Texas Longhorns in having played 16 true freshmen this year.
Oklahoma State has won two straight games for the first time this season, coming off a 31-10 win over the Iowa State Cyclones as 14-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for the second consecutive week. Quarterback J.W. Walsh threw for 415 yards, but is now out for the season with a knee injury. The Cowboys have gone 11-9-2 all-time against the Horned Frogs, as the two campuses are separated by just 267 miles. Oklahoma State is 8-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 2010.
The Cowboys will need to rely heavily on running back Joseph Randle, who happens to be the Big 12 Conference’s leading rusher in averaging 127.5 yards per game, while sitting eighth nationally. Oklahoma State has won 14 of its last 17 conference games, which has pushed head coach Mike Gundy’s record to 35-25 against league competition. In the last two games, the defense has limited opponents to a combined 24 points, allowing them to convert on just 11 of 42 third and fourth-down opportunities.
Sports bettors will likely back the Horned Frogs due to their 8-0 ATS mark following a loss, while the Cowboys are 0-5 ATS after a SU win of 20 or more points.
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