West Virginia Challenges NCAAF Betting Favorite TCU Horned Frogs
Thursday night brings a great chance for NCAAF betting fans to cash in as the No. 5 ranked TCU Horned Frogs (7-0, 2nd in Big 12) get ready to host the West Virginia Mountaineers in a high voltage match set to take place in Fort Worth, Texas. West Virginia was certainly ready for a bye week as they had lost three straight games. TCU is 7-0 and is ready to add another win to that total. The fact that West Virginia almost knocked off the Horned Frogs last year could be a motivating factor for TCU to make a statement…and it could also give the Mountaineers the confidence to roll into Texas for a major upset.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs TCU Horned Frogs
Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 7:30 PM
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
TV: FOX Sports 1
Betting Odds: TCU -14
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 22, 2015
West Virginia (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) started with three straight wins, but their last three games have all been against ranked teams in the Big 12. Most recently, they took a 62-38 whipping from the #2 Baylor Bears, whom West Virginia had upset at home last year. However, if you consider how solid Baylor’s defense has been all year, the 38 points that West Virginia put up are actually quite impressive.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was quarterback Skyler Howard, who went 18 for 37 with 289 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. While the rest of the numbers were nice, that interception made it four straight games in which Howard has thrown at least one interception. In his defense, the West Virginia offensive line has struggled with pass protection.
Howard has gone down 19 times on sacks in six games, tied for the most in sacks permitted in the Big 12. Howard is from Fort Worth, though, so expect him to try to put on a show for family and friends. The Mountaineers’ defense has been opportunistic so far, with 13 interceptions in 2015, the most in the Big 12, and five ahead of second place.
Consider taking the “over” in this game. West Virginia has hit the “over” in its last three road games, and you’re dealing with a TCU team with a dynamite offense – and a suspect defense. TCU (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) whipped the Iowa State Cyclones last week, 45-21. That represented the first time in the last five games that TCU did not score at least 50 points. Trevone Boykin did throw for 436 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, going 27 for 32. He found ten different receivers during the game, and seven of them caught at least two balls, a sign of superior ball distribution.
It was Josh Doctson, as usual, who did most of the damage, though. He caught 10 balls for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Kolby Listenbee grabbed six more catches for 101 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Horned Frogs are converting third downs at an eye-popping 55.8 percent rate. Against Iowa State, they were 9 for 12 on third downs. Even so, the big test for TCU will come on defense. West Virginia will be one of the best offenses that the Frogs have faced all year long, and it is a good testing ground fro the tough games to come, including the season finale against the Baylor Bears. The Frogs are 10-0 in their last ten at home, including 9-1 against the spread.