Texas Tech-TCU: Quarterback Injury Questions on Both Sides

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, October 8, 2018 1:42 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 1:42 PM UTC

It’s an all-Texas matchup on ESPN’s Thursday night college football this week as Texas Tech visits TCU with both schools coming off bye weeks.

Texas Tech (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) at TCU (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS)Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NCAAF Pick: FrogsBest Line Offered: JustBet

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The one good thing that comes from the Big 12 having 10 schools is that each team plays every other conference member once. Gee, what an idea! Of course, there are too many teams in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and the SEC for that to happen.

This Thursday, it’s formerly ranked teams Texas Tech and TCU facing off in Fort Worth on the ESPN telecast. Frankly, this likely has no effect on the Big 12 race with both at 1-1 in the conference and both still yet to play Big 12 favorite Oklahoma. The Frogs also still have No. 6 West Virginia on the schedule and TTU has to play No. .9 Texas. What this result might do is determine each school’s eventual bowl standing in the Big 12.

If Texas Tech misses a bowl for the third time in five years, Coach Kliff Kingsbury probably isn’t back in 2019 despite the fact that he’s a former star quarterback at the school and loved by the ladies (and some men, I’m sure).

TTU leads the all-time series 31-21-3 but has lost three of the past four. The Frogs were ranked 11th last year in Lubbock and rolled 27-3. That was notable because Shawn Robinson became the first true freshman quarterback to ever start a game for long-time TCU coach Gary Patterson. He was only 6-for-17 for 85 yards but did throw for a score and rushed for 84 yards on 10 carries. Robinson remains the starter. Not often you see the high-powered Red Raiders held to single-digit points. They had only 153 yards passing and turned it over twice.

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The play Alan Bowman collapsed his lung. Crazy hit as he got sandwiched by two WVU defenders.

Here’s to a quick recovery
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— Barstool Big 12 (@BarstoolBig12) October 1, 2018
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Both Starting QBs Banged Up

Texas Tech started the year with a blowout loss to Ole Miss but then won three straight – including an impressive 41-17 victory at then-No. 15 Oklahoma State on Sept. 22. That got TTU ranked 25th, but that was short-lived as the Red Raiders lost 42-34 to No. 12 West Virginia on Sept. 29.

The big news from that game was TTU star freshman quarterback Alan Bowman leaving in the first half after suffering a partially collapsed lung. Going into the WVU game, Bowman led the FBS with 389.3 passing yards per game and had 10 touchdowns. He had set a Big 12 freshman record with 605 yards passing in a Sept. 15 win over Houston. Sophomore Jett Duffey replaced Bowman vs. WVU and threw for 172 yards and a score with two picks, while rushing for 86 yards. Duffey would play Thursday if Bowman can’t – but it sounds as if Bowman will try.

TCU lost back-to-back games to Ohio State and at Texas (no shame in either) to fall out of the Top 25. The Frogs stopped that slide with a 17-14 home win over Iowa State on Sept. 29. Jonathan Song kicked the winning 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds left. That kick was three plays after Robinson was helped off the field and taken to the locker room after taking a hard hit to his left shoulder.

For the season, Robinson is competing 63 percent of his passes for 1,015 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. If he can’t go, it would be sophomore Michael Collins, who is 6-for-14 for 105 yards and a TD this season.

  • Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
  • Horned Frogs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Well, be nice to have some clarity on the QB situation for both sides, but we like the Frogs at home for an NCAAF pick because they are clearly better defensively.

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