TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers – College Football, November 14, 2020
With college football games getting postponed left and right, there’s fortunately no need to hold our breath regarding the Big 12 matchup in Morgantown.
The Horned Frogs will travel to the Mountain State to take on the Mountaineers in a crucial conference showdown. Both programs are 3-3 in Big 12 play. Here’s a TCU vs. West Virginia prediction.
TCU vs. West Virginia Odds
Gary Patterson and company will stroll into Milan Puskar Stadium with lots of positive vibes brewing. The Horned Frogs followed up a double-digit victory in Waco with a 16-point beatdown over Texas Tech.
On the flip side, West Virginia lost a hard-fought game in Austin in what was an evenly-matched back-and-forth affair. The good news for Neal Brown is the last time his team played a game on their home field (Halloween), they thrashed then-16th-ranked Kansas State.
What the Horned Frogs Do Best
Run the Football. Max Duggan has been fairly efficient throwing the football, but it’s his ability as a runner that keeps defenses off balance. The sophomore signal-caller leads the team in rushing, although a trio of freshman RBs are consistently chipping in.
Darwin Barlow (5.8 ypc), Zach Evans (6.4 ypc), and Kendre Miller (5.3 ypc) have all been electric.
In all, Texas Christian University is averaging 184.5 rushing yards per game (3rd in the Big 12). With that being said, plowing through the West Virginia front seven won’t be easily accomplished.
What the Mountaineers Do Best
Wreak Havoc on Defense. 21 sacks and 9 interceptions allude to the pressure that West Virginia applies on defense. The 271.0 yards/game allowed by the Mountaineers is more than 40 yards fewer than the next best team in the Big 12.
We can talk about the playmakers in the trenches, and the Mountaineers linebacking core is outstanding. However, the play from cornerback Dreshun Miller has been nothing short of outstanding.
Tied for third in the country with eight pass deflections, Miller anchors a secondary that has been lights-out. The 161.6 passing yards WVU allows per game leads all Power Five schools that have played more than one game.
TCU vs. West Virginia Pick
One of my Big 12 predictions this week is that the Mountaineers beat the Horned Frogs on Saturday. To piggyback on that theory, my TCU vs. West Virginia betting pick is that the Mountaineers cover the spread.
While West Virginia is 0-3 as a visitor, their 4-0 record at home is telling.
As strong as WVU’s defense has been, this unit seemingly turns it up a notch when playing at Milan Puskar Stadium. Look for Neal Brown and his crew to suffocate TCU in this midday matchup.
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