These two old foes haven't met since their days in the Southwest Conference. Play the Under is Austin Saturday night when the Texas Longhorns host the TCU Horned Frogs.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]The game the Fort Worth faithful have been clamoring about for over a decade is finally here! The TCU Horned Frogs will go into Austin with their vaunted defense looking to shock the world. Whether they do or not is anyone’s guess, probably not, but they will put their best foot forward and put on one heck of a defensive display.
These clubs haven’t met since 1995 when they were both members of the Southwest Conference. Texas holds a nice lead in the series (60-20-1), and they’re a dominating 31-11-1 in Austin winning 14 in a row.
However, last week's weak effort against Arkansas State must have the Horned Frogs believing they can put an end to their losing streak in Austin, though in order to do so they’ll have to play shut-down defense much like they did last week when they blanked Baylor by a 27-0 final. TCU has a number of question marks on the offensive side of the ball, and I have to say I wasn’t really impressed with the play of new QB Andy Dalton or the rest of the offense for that matter. Granted, it was a vanilla attack with this game on deck, but the fact that they could only convert three of 15 attempts on third down has to be sounding alarms in head coach Gary Patterson’s head. If he’s behind the chains for a majority of this game, TCU stands no chance. Texas will find a way to score, so some sort of offensive consistency must be found.
That said, Texas’ effort last week vs. the Arkansas State Indians was flat out embarrassing. They were beaten in total yardage, first downs, lost the time of possession battle and lost the crucial turnover battle as well. That was against a Sun Belt team. Now, they have to go against a Mountain West team with BCS Bowl aspirations, and the Horns will no doubt lose this game if they come up short in those four categories again.
This will be a very physical game as TCU will bring everything they have on defense knowing full well they’re lacking on the offensive side of the ball. I foresee Texas’ troubles continuing therefore keeping the combined score of this game Under this posted number.
Free Pick: TCU-Texas Under 44½