College Football Week 9 Predictions: Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday, 10/26/13, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  TCU -3
Current Betting Line:  TCU -2.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The TCU Horned Frogs have alternated wins and losses over their first seven games
The TCU Horned Frogs have alternated wins and losses over their first seven games

Texas has won three games in a row, including a 36-20 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners as 13.5-point neutral-site underdogs on Oct. 12, while going UNDER the betting total of 57.  The Longhorns totaled 445 yards of offense in that affair, including 255 on the ground, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 9.  The program has compiled a 20-5 SU record following a regular-season bye week under head coach Mack Brown.  Texas is 5-1 ATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points in its last six opportunities in that situation.

The Longhorns are averaging 456.7 yards per game, which ranks 37th in the country in that category.  Texas quarterback Case McCoy will make his ninth start, as he completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards against the Sooners.  Since 1998, the team is 72-18 in regular season games following the Oklahoma game, including a 6-0 mark the week after picking up a win in the Red River Rivalry.

TCU has alternated wins and losses over its first seven games of the season, as it attempts to bounce back from a 24-10 setback to the Oklahoma State Cowboys as six-point road underdogs last Saturday.  The Horned Frogs are 27-8 in regular-season games following a loss under head coach Gary Patterson, while they’ve won 31 of their last 36 games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.  Over 40 percent of the team’s players who have seen action this season are sophomores, as the roster possesses just 10 scholarship seniors.  TCU is 1-3 SUATS with a betting line of +3 to -3 the last two-plus seasons.

The Horned Frogs have played four current top-15 teams in their seven games this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  TCU leads the Big 12 Conference and is tied for seventh in the country with 19 turnovers gained.  The team has scored more points in both the third (61) and fourth quarter (72) than it has in the first half (44) of its games this season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Longhorns due to the Horned Frogs being 2-7 ATS in their last nine overall games.

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