Turkey Day College Football: TCU vs. Texas

One Texas team will have a much better Thanksgiving than the other

Football is one of America’s greatest traditions on Thanksgiving. So, while you’re chowing down on some turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, you’re sure to have plenty of viewing options. Most will choose to check out the three NFL games on turkey day, but there’s also a big college game that’s not getting much attention, but should still be a great betting opportunity, not to mention a great game. Here’s a little preview for TCU versus #16 Texas in a Big 12 battle.

Before Texas takes on Kansas State in their much-anticipated (slightly less anticipated since K State lost) match-up next week, the Longhorns will have to deal with in-state rival and new conference foe, TCU. The road has proven to be bumpy for the Horned Frogs in their first season in a BCS conference, but they are still a team with plenty of weapons and enough firepower to knock off a ranked Horns squad.

Texas has put together quite a fine season. They’ve improved to 8-2 on the season after four consecutive wins and currently have the 30th ranked offense in terms of total yards and 14th in scoring. They’ve found an even better groove with sophomore David Ash under center. Ash has thrown for more than 2300 yards this season and has 17 touchdowns against just five interceptions.

TCU has a similarly effective offensive attack, but the Frogs’ defense will likely have trouble defending Ash’s aerialĀ barrage. TCU’s defense has given up nearly 40 points per game in the last four contests, three of which resulted in losses. The fact that the Frogs will playing away from Fort Worth will also hurt them, as they have fared better on their home turf.

Texas has dominated this rival over the years with a record of 61-20-1 overall. The Longhorns also won in their last meeting with the Frogs in 2007, 34-13.

Look for the Longhorns to stay hot this Thanksgiving day and for the Frogs to stay cold. Take Texas to win this one by covering -7.5 at home today.