Matchup: #4 TCU at #20 West Virginia (TCU -4, 70 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, November 1st @ 3:30 pm (EST)
Location: Morgantown, WV (airing on ESPN)
Preview: The #7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs travel to Morgantown to take on the #20 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in a pivotal Big 12 conference matchup.
TCU comes in to Saturday’s match up with a 6–1 record, and a 3–1 record in big 12 conference play. The Horned Frogs are lighting up scoreboards and are first in the nation in scoring averaging 50.4 points per game. They have the second best offense in the nation, averaging 573 yards per game. Quarterback Trevone Boykin has been playing at a high level, with 2306 yards passing and 21 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Boykin can can also get it done with his legs with 374 yards rushing. Their leading receiver is Josh Doctson, Who has 573 yards on the season with seven touchdowns, averaging 16.4 yards per reception. Leading the way in the back field is B.J. Catalon with 388 yards on the season averaging 5 yards per carry. Their defense is ranked 53rd in the nation allowing 371.8 yards per game, they have a strong run defense allowing 132.29 yards per game yet struggle against the pass ranking 75th in the nation, allowing 239.9 yards through the air per game.
West Virginia is clicking on all cylinders, and come in to Saturday’s match up with a 6–2 record and a 4–1 record in conference play. They’ve won four straight with two impressive wins in a row beating Baylor 41–27 then following that up with a dominant 34–10 victory in Stillwater over Oklahoma State. Their offense gets a lot of attention, but it’s their defense that’s been getting the job done recently, holding Baylor to only 27 points, then holding Oklahoma State to just 10 points in their home stadium. Quarterback Clint Trickett has completed 68.3% of his passes for 2763 yards and 17 touchdowns. His main target is Heisman Trophy candidate Kevin White, who is a big play receiver with 72 receptions for 1047 yards and 8 touchdowns. They are running the ball with some effectiveness as well, led by Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood who together tally almost 1000 yards rushing with 7 scores.
TCU without a doubt has been impressive and with their 82 point outburst last week against Texas Tech, they look to be one of the nation’s top teams. However, I’m backing the home dog Mountaineers here. Unlike recent years the defense is playing with a lot of fire, and I feel that West Virginia can match them offensively. I do believe that this will be the best defense that TCU has faced and I think a strong defensuve effort from the West Virginia secondary behind a hostile home crowd will be the difference. West Virginia wins in what should be a very entertaining game.
2014 Week 10 NCAA Football Pick: West Virginia +4, Over 70
TCU at West Virginia Score Prediction: West Virginia 47 – TCU 42