TCU Horned Frogs College Football Betting
While it was true that the TCU Horned Frogs closed strong, much of their fan base and many gamblers walked out on them weeks beforehand. On the heels of a third straight season outside the top 25, head coach Gary Patterson’s program had a lackluster recruiting class. TCU finished outside the top 50 of all major rankings on signing day. Once again questions about Patterson’s leadership are being raised. TCU is being out-recruited and outplayed in a Big 12 Conference that is not at its best. The Texas Longhorns are down from where they should be, leaving only the Oklahoma Sooners as a blue blood power anywhere near where expectations are. The question for Horned Frog fans and college football handicappers is if TCU’s strong finish a portent of things to come or fool’s gold.
TCU Horned Frogs Weekly Odds
TCU Horned Frogs -5
Arkansas Razorbacks +5
TCU Horned Frogs Weekly Matchup
On Thursday, December 31, 2020, the TCU Horned Frogs will face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Arkansas Razorbacks are 3-7 straight up, 7-3 against the spread, and 4-6 under the total. Arkansas ranks 86th for scoring offense and 98th for points allowed. Although the numbers aren’t impressive, the Razorbacks are one of the most improved teams in the country. Rookie head coach Sam Pittman got everything possible out of his undermanned team and has already transformed the culture. Pittman simply needs time to recruit his own players.
Arkansas last played on December 12 in a 52-3 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. By that point, the thin Razorbacks roster was depleted after strong efforts for most of the year.
Arkansas opened the 2020 campaign by covering the spread in six consecutive games before dropping.
Florida transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks had a solid season for the Hogs with a 163.1 rating, 17 touchdown passes, and just 4 interceptions.
TCU Horned Frogs Weekly Recap
TCU will enter their bowl game with a record of 6-4 straight up, 7-3 against the spread, and 5-5 over and under. The Horned Frogs rank 48th for scoring offense and 38th for points allowed.
As Bill Parcells would say “you are what your record says you are.” TCU had close call losses to the Iowa State Cyclones (37-34) and Kansas State Wildcats (21-14). On the other hand, they won in close shaves against the Texas Longhorns (33-31), and Oklahoma State Cowboys (29-22). Gamblers were quite happy with the Frogs as TCU got the money in five of their last six games. There was an element of the Horned Frogs betting value improving after a 3-4 start. Oddsmakers had to sweeten the pot on TCU to entice action from a public that didn’t want to wager money on them. At the same time, opponents didn’t take the Horned Frogs as seriously amid their third consecutive mediocre season.
TCU did have strengths for 2020 that begin with a top 20 running game and a defense that ranked in the upper third of the national rankings. But quarterback Max Duggan’s numbers were subpar most of the year before he, like his team, made a strong closing sale.
What surprises many fans and gamblers is that Duggan actually improved this season over 2019. Duggan went from a 113.6 QB rating last year as a freshman to a 134.1 mark as a sophomore. Duggan also improved from 6.1 yards per pass last year to 7.5 yards per pass attempt in 2020. Duggan had a horrible performance that matched his team in a 24-6 debacle at West Virginia. He was also dreadful in a 21-13 home loss to K-State. But a light switch went off in his final three games where he lived up to preseason billing. Duggan led the Frogs in rushing although that may not necessarily be a great statement on his team.
Freshman running back Darwin Barlow showed plenty of promise with 5.9 yards per rush and 428 yards. And freshman wide receiver Quentin Johnston averaged 22.1 yards per catch to spark hopes for more in 2021.
2020 TCU Horned Frogs Schedule
||vs Iowa State
||vs Kansas State
||vs Texas Tech
||@ West Virginia
||vs Oklahoma State
||vs Louisiana Tech
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