College Football Picks: West Virginia vs. TCU Betting Preview

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 1, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting lines for this Big 12 Conference matchup at Amon G. Carter Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. 

The TCU Horned Frogs have never lost three games in a row under their current head coach, as they prepare to host the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday.

Calendar turns to November 

West Virginia is 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS through eight games this season, as it looks to bounce back from a 35-12 setback to the Kansas State Wildcats as 13.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while losing the statistical battle for a fifth straight contest. 

The Mountaineers are 3-4 SUATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-3 in that situation. 

Quite a situation 

TCU has never lost three games in a row under head coach Gary Patterson, as it comes off a 30-7 defeat to the Texas Longhorns as three-point home favorites in Week 9, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair. 

The Horned Frogs will be playing consecutive home games for the first time since 2011, but they’ve gone 5-10-1 ATS at this venue over the last two-plus seasons. 

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Turnover battle 

College football handicappers may elect to back the road underdog in this spot, as the Mountaineers are 68-8 when winning the turnover battle since 2002, while coming into this fair with a flat number in terms of margin in that statistical category. 

West Virginia will need to do a better job of putting six points on the board when entering the red zone, as it has scored touchdowns on just 45 percent of its trips in that situation. 

Young players have failed to step up 

The Horned Frogs have just 10 scholarship seniors on this year’s roster, with over 40 percent of the players who have seen action this season being sophomores. 

It’s still important to point out that TCU is on pace to become the first Big 12 team since 1996 to lead the conference in both sacks and interceptions. 

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mountaineers for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 11-0 ATS on the road versus teams with a losing home record, while the Horned Frogs are 1-5 SU at home since landing in the Big 12. 

College Football Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +13