SMU vs. TCU Picks: How to Bet The Massive 38 Point Spread

Troy West

Saturday, September 19, 2015 11:46 AM GMT

Third ranked TCU plays host to SMU Saturday afternoon, and the sportsbooks have set high expectations for the Horned Frogs. Before locking in your college football picks, hear what our analyst have to say about the betting options on the board.

College football odds makers have pegged TCU as hefty 37 point favorites in this weekend's matchup against the SMU Mustangs. SBR's live betting odds show that the spread has seen little to no movement, but the posted total of 68 is slightly higher than the opening line of 67.

Follow along as we preview this matchup from a sports bettors point of view and formulate our college football picks.

Smu Recap 
SMU was able to get by North Texas at home.  They picked up the win 31-13.  Matt Davis passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 125 yards and two more scores on Saturday night to lead SMU past North Texas 31-13.  Xavier Jones had 94 yards on 13 carries and Courtland Sutton had 65 yards receiving and a touchdown for SMU (1-1).  Davis connected with Jeremiah Gaines on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 14:15 remaining to give the Mustangs a four-point lead.On the ensuing drive, SMU's Jonathan Yenga recovered a fumble forced by Andrew McCleneghen and, four plays later, Davis scored on a 50-yard run to make it 24-13.  From there SMU held on.

 
Tcu National Title Run Watch
This is the TCU squad everyone has been waiting for. Trevone Boykin threw four touchdown passes and Aaron Green ran for two short scores on the way to a 63-0 lead. Boykin found four different receivers for scores.  2. The defense got into the act with Denzel Johnson returning an interception 50 yards for a score midway through the third.  3. SFA finally got on the board with a 75-yard Loren Easly touchdown run early in the fourth.– Trevone Boykin completed 18-of-27 passes for 285 yards and four scores with an interception. Kolby Listenbee caught six passes for 142 yards and a score.  With all the defensive injuries, this game couldn’t have come at a better time. TCU held SFA to 167 total yards of offense.


Line Moves/Injuries 
It’s the ‘Battle for the Iron Skillet’, as local rivals TCU and SMU renew a series that began 100 years ago. The third-ranked Horned Frogs will be on display every weekend, especially since a growing number of critics feel that they might be a little too high in the polls. Remember, this is the team that was almost picked off by Minnesota in the opener. The Mustangs are coming along slowly for rookie head coach Chad Morris, rallying to defeat North Texas, 31-13, last Saturday.  SMU is heading in the right direction, but TCU is too tall of an order at this point. The Frogs will bottle up the scrambling ability of Davis, forcing him to throw more than he’d like. Meanwhile, on offense, Boykin & Co. will spread the ball around on an overmatched Mustang D. The Frogs will roll, but the Mustangs will show better than in recent meetings.  We need to remind everyone that TCU is in the national title hunt talk.  There coach knows how the BCS points system works.  He will run up the score to no end.  This does not bode well for Smu.  They will get there clock cleaned here.  It is going to get real ugly.  

Free College Football Pick: Expect the Horned Frogs to Cover -37 at BetOnline