Horns, Frogs hook up
November 21, 2012
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The Texas Longhorns continue their long-standing tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving night this season, although it is with an unfamiliar opponent. Year after year the Texas/Texas A&M game was always slated for this prime time slot, but with A&M's move to the SEC, Texas had to find a new opponent. Well, Texas got to keep this prestigious game in-state as they get to play one of the two newest Big 12 members in TCU. The Horned Frogs have been BCS busters for years now and although it's been a tough season at 6-4 SU for TCU, they would still love to showcase their talents as underdogs on national TV.
Line: Texas -7.5, total 58
The Longhorns come into this game as the hotter team having won four straight and finding their defense in the process. Early on this year Texas was getting gashed by anyone and everyone, but during the past three weeks they haven't allowed an opponent to score more than 22 against them. However, a lot of that has to do with the quality of competition they have played as Big 12 bottom feeders in terms of offensive production Iowa State and Kansas. A game vs. Texas Tech was mixed in there as well and the Longhorns were definitely well-prepared for that one. With the extra rest before this one they will be ready too, but TCU has the best offense they will have seen since playing Baylor a month ago.
TCU has had that extra time to prepare and at 6-4 SU, they know they need a win to ensure themselves of a Bowl game later on this year. At 6-4 SU they are eligible already, but a 7-4 SU mark in a power conference makes it a near certainty and also a bigger bowl game. Their last game was a tough loss to then #2 Kansas State as they tried to shock the nation.
Many will be focused on the fact that TCU has lost 3 of 4 SU and ATS and believe that Texas is the play here. But the Horned Frogs will always play stout defense (held K-State to lowest point total of their season) and won't be scared of a shootout either. They are 6-0 ATS when coming off a bye week and 20-7 ATS after failing to cover the number last time out.
This game will live up to being the lone college game in town on Thursday night and it will be closer than most think.
Take the points with TCU.