West Virginia vs. TCU - 11/1/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
TCU Horned Frogs (6-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The TCU Horned Frogs and West Virginia Mountaineers play a crucial Big 12 game Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The TCU Horned Frogs are playing inspired football, scoring 124 points in their last two games since the loss the Baylor. All of a sudden TCU has the highest scoring offense in the country and it starts with Trevone Boykin, who is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. In his last two games, Boykin has 10 touchdowns and one pick. TCU’s leading wide receiver Josh Doctson is questionable for this game after suffering a foot injury last week. Still, the Horned Frogs have 23 passing plays of 25 or more yards and Deante' Gray has three of his six receiving touchdowns in his last two games. TCU’s ground game is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and B.J. Catalon leads the charge with eight rushing touchdowns, as he’s scored in every game this season expect last week. Defensively, the TCU Horned Frogs are allowing 21.6 points, 371.9 yards, and they’ve forced 21 turnovers and 22 sacks. Paul Dawson leads TCU with 79 tackles and Davion Pierson has 3.5 sacks.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers control their own destiny in the Big 12 and have won four straight. Clint Trickett remains the driving force for West Virginia, as he’s completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Trickett has thrown seven touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and WVU is 6-2 SU when he throws for at least two scores. West Virginia has 29 passing plays of 25 or more yards, and Kevin White leads the way with 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns. Mario Alford has caught a touchdown in five of his last seven games, while Jordan Thompson and Daikiel Shorts are the other WVU players to catch a touchdown. West Virginia is averaging four yards per carry and leading rusher Rushel Shell is expected to return from an ankle injury. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 25 points, 389 yards, and they’ve forced six turnovers and 14 sacks. Nick Kwiatkoski leads West Virginia with 62 tackles and Shaquille Riddick has five sacks.
The Horned Frogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
I know how good TCU is, but West Virginia has been playing just as well the last month or so, and Morgantown remains one of the toughest places to play. As I said in my power rankings, I think the Mountaineers win the Big 12. I’ll probably end up taking the ML when it’s all said and done, but for the sake of the article and just to be safe, take WVU and the points. This line is probably the steal of the weekend.