TCU vs. Texas Tech - 10/25/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-4) at TCU Horned Frogs (5-1)
College Football: Saturday
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and TCU Horned Frogs will play Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders snapped their four-game losing streak last week and hope to get back to .500 with a win here. In order for that to happen, Texas Tech’s defense has to improve. Texas Tech is allowing 36.9 points, 466.4 yards, and has forced eight turnovers and 13 sacks. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing 24 or more points. Offensively, Davis Webb is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Webb has six touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games. Jakeem Grant leads Texas Tech with 629 receiving yards and five touchdowns, but he’s questionable for this matchup with a leg injury. Bradley Marquez has 517 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, and Texas Tech has 18 passing plays of 25 or more yards. DeAndre Washington has 622 rushing yards and the Red Raiders average 5.4 yards per carry.
USA TODAY Sports
The TCU Horned Frogs look to pick up their third conference win after waxing the Oklahoma State Cowboys last week. Trevone Boykin has really become a playmaker for TCU, as he’s completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and three interceptions, and he’s also rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns. TCU is 11-4 SU when Boykin scores at least two total touchdowns. Josh Doctson leads TCU with 497 receiving yards and is coming off a two-touchdown performance. Deante' Gray has also scored in three of his last four games and TCU has 18 passing plays of 25 or more yards. B.J. Catalon leads the Horned Frogs with 370 rushing yards and he’s scored at least one touchdown in every game this season. Defensively, the TCU Horned Frogs are allowing 20.7 points, 359.5 yards, and they’ve forced 17 turnovers and 21 sacks. Paul Dawson leads TCU with 68 tackles and Davion Pierson has 3.5 sacks.
The Red Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
It is very tough for me to leave this many points on the table, especially with a Texas Tech team that can put points on the board. I know TCU is more than capable of another blowout and has been a covering machine, but we're getting more than three touchdowns with a Red Raiders squad that can score another three or four by themselves. I don't love the pick, but it'd be the side I'd be on if forced to pick this game.