TCU vs. Kansas - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

TCU vs. Kansas - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks (1-5) at TCU Horned Frogs (5-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm (Amon Carter Stadium)

The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -37.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Kansas Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs meet Saturday in college football action at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Kansas Jayhawks would love nothing more here than to steal an upset road win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t won a road game since September of 2009. Peyton Bender is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,391 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bender has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions in his last three games. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 656 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jeremiah Booker has 16 receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 144.8 yards per contest, and Khalil Herbert leads the way with 503 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 44.8 points and 474.8 yards per game. Joe Dineen Jr. leads the Kansas Jayhawks with 77 tackles, Daniel Wise has three sacks and Mike Lee has two interceptions. 

The TCU Horned Frogs look for an impressive 7-0 record to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The TCU Horned Frogs have split their last eight home games. Kenny Hill is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 1,450 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hill has two touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Jalen Reagor and Desmon White have combined for 467 receiving yards and four touchdowns while John Diars has 17 receptions. The TCU Horned Frogs ground game is averaging 199.5 yards per contest, and Darius Anderson leads the way with 470 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, TCU is allowing 17.3 points and 336.3 yards per game. Travin Howard leads the TCU Horned Frogs with 46 tackles, Ben Banogu has four sacks and Nick Orr has two interceptions.

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The Jayhawks are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games, 10-26 ATS in their last 36 games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Jayhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's no secret Kansas is one of the worst road teams in college football history, not winning on the road in eight years and failing to cover 34 of 51 tries. The Jayhawks are usually automatic fades. However, Kansas lost to TCU last year by just one point and the last three meetings have been decided by a combined 11 points. The last four meetings overall between Kansas and TCU have been decided by 10 or less points. Even with the talent gap being quite wide, the resumes not matching up and TCU having everything in the world to play for, it's tough to lay this many points given the recent history. I'll take the points here.

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Kansas Jayhawks +37.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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