NCAA Football Week 3 Predictions: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Thursday, 9/12/13, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: TCU -6
Current Betting Line: TCU -3
Opening Total: 62
Current Total: 62
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
TCU is 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS through two games of the 2013 campaign, as it comes off a 38-17 victory over Southeast Louisiana as 40-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 54.5. The Horned Frogs are 24-5 on the road and neutral-site games since 2009, which happens to be the third-best mark in the country, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA football betting lines. The program was picked third in the preseason Big 12 Conference poll—just 18 points behind favorite Oklahoma State. TCU is 6-13 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-7 in that situation.
The Horned Frogs are 5-17-3 against the Red Raiders when playing in Lubbock, as they look to gain revenge for a 56-53 overtime loss as 2.5-point home favorites in last year’s meeting. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin did manage to throw for a career-high 332 yards in that affair—completing 26-of-44 passing attempts. Offensively, the team will be focused on trying to hit or go over the 167-yard rushing mark, as it has gone 64-3 in its last 67 games when accomplishing that feat.
Texas Tech has won and covered the spread in its first two games, including a 61-13 blowout victory over Stephen F. Austin as 34.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Red Raiders are 12-5 all-time in Big 12 home openers, but are looking to snap a three-game losing skid in that situation, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football predictions Thursday night. Texas Tech is 5-7 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-3 in those 12 affairs.
The Red Raiders are 15-16 all-time on Thursday night, including a 7-8 mark at home. Texas Tech came up with its first turnover of the season last time out, which was actually the squad’s first fumble recover since playing at Iowa State a season ago. First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury rolled out six true freshman in the season opener—adding four more to make their debut last week. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of two freshman signal-callers in the Top 3 nationally in passing.
Sports bettors will likely back the Horned Frogs due to the Red Raiders being 0-5 ATS in their last five conference games.
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