TCU Horned Frogs vs. Baylor Bears – College Football, October 31, 2020

| October 29, 2020 1:30 am PDT

Saturday’s tilt in Waco features a couple of Big 12 programs that are used to sustaining success. The potential of losing three straight games adds a compelling layer to an already crucial matchup.

Before we dive into my TCU vs. Baylor prediction and betting pick, let’s examine the odds and preview each team.

TCU vs. Baylor Odds

TCU (-2.5)-110
Baylor (+2.5)-110
TCU to Win-135
Baylor to Win+115
Over 48-110
Under 48-110

After opening as a one-point underdog, Baylor is getting 2.5 points at most of the top college football betting sites. Perhaps the Bears losing to Texas a few weeks after the Horned Frogs beat the Longhorns is why Gary Patterson’s crew is laying points.

After all, TCU has lost each of their past two games (both at home) and lost to Baylor last season in Fort Worth. “Worth” noting, that contest went into triple-overtime and turned out to be the pure definition of a barnburner.

Meet the 2020 Horned Frogs

Max Duggan is off to a stable start as the leader of TCU’s offense. The sophomore signal-caller is completing a shade under 70% of his throws and has thrown only one interception through the first four games.

Duggan also leads the Horned Frogs in rushing, although his 2.9 ypc doesn’t exactly scream out that he’s a huge threat with his feet. Then again, the backfield is headed by a couple of freshmen, so it’s no surprise TCU’s running game is yet to get going.

The best course of attack for Texas Cristian University is to target Taye Barber early and often and hope that redshirt freshman Blair Conwright proves to be as electric as is being advertised.

On the other side of the ball, senior LB Garret Wallow is off to a quick start after leading the Big 12 in tackles a season ago.

Meet the 2020 Bears

Add up three postponements and a couple of tough road tests and you’ll see why the Bears head into Halloween with just one victory on their 2020 resume. However, not all is lost in Waco and there’s enough time for Dave Aranda to restore balance.

Fortunately for this program, previous reports that top RBs John Lovett and Trestan Ebner were both opting-out turned out to be premature. Coach Aranda confirmed that both Lovett and Ebner are with the team and that both will suit up on Saturday.

Nevertheless, it’s up to Charlie Brewer to carry this team to the finish line.

Brewer got off to a slow start but played his most efficient game last time out in Austin.

Junior wideout R.J. Snead is being asked to provide a lift after waving goodbye to Denzel Mims. With that being said, the X-factor for the Bears passing attack could be former four-star recruit, Gavin Holmes. After battling back from not one, but two ACL injuries, the “fourth-year sophomore” is finally ready to contribute.

TCU vs. Baylor Betting Pick

Let’s cut right to the chase as this game landed front and center on my upset picks for college football this weekend. Backing the Bears to win this game has plenty of merit, but the 2.5 points give you a little margin for error.

Taking the points or booking a money line bet, frankly, it’s up to you and how much value you’re trying to squeeze out in Waco. The key point about a TCU vs. Baylor prediction is to back the team that’s playing at home.

They just so happen to be more explosive on offense and more reliable on defense.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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