College Football Picks: LSU vs. TCU Week 1 Odds & Prediction

Friday, June 21, 2013 2:41 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 2:41 PM UTC

The LSU Tigers have won 10 straight season openers, as they prepare to take on the TCU Horned Frogs to open up the 2013 campaign.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br />Let’s take a closer look at the <a target="_blank" title="Live Betting Odds For NCAAF" href="/betting-odds/college-football/">college football odds</a> for this Week 1 matchup at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>On the outside looking in</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="/picks-pictures/200-lsu-tcu-pre.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><a target="_blank" title="Early Lines released" href="">LSU will definitely be ranked</a> in the Preseason AP Top 25 poll, but it might not be listed among the first 11 teams, considering it returns 12 starters from a team that finished 10-3 straight up (SU) and 5-8 against the spread (ATS) in 2012.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>In the last 10 years, the Tigers haven’t been listed amongst that group twice, but ended up going a combined 24-3 in those seasons and winning a national title.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Gaining respect</b></p> <p>TCU went 7-6 SU and 5-8 ATS in its first season as a member of the Big 12 Conference, which can’t be ignored when handicapping this program in 2013, considering it returns 16 starters.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Horned Frogs were 4-5 against conference opponents, but they won the statistical battle by an average of 33.1 yards in those nine contests.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Season openers</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>College football handicappers may be drawn to backing the Tigers as neutral-site favorites when looking over the betting lines, as they’ve won their last 10 season openers, with six of those affairs coming against teams from BCS conferences.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It’s important to point out that LSU was favored by 44 points over North Texas in its lid lifter a season ago, but took on a major challenge in knocking off Oregon as three-point neutral-site favorites in 2011.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Loaded at quarterback</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Trevone Boykin and Casey Pachall give the Horned Frogs incredible depth at the quarterback position, which will likely lead to one of the more dynamic offenses in the Big 12.</p> <p>TCU is 9-4 in its last 13 games versus ranked opponents, but three of those losses came against conference foes in 2012.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their early Week 1<a target="_blank" title="MLB Picks" href="/college-football/"> college football picks</a>, as they’ve gone 9-6-1 against the spread in their last 16 games as a favorite on a neutral field.</p> <p><strong>CFB Week 1 Pick: </strong> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet 365" href=";book=bet365inarticle">LSU Tigers -5 at Bet 365</a></p>
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