Oregon State Beavers
(8-5, 7-5 ATS in 2009)
TCU Horned Frogs
(12-1, 8-5 ATS in 2009)
The first potential road trap of the season is about to hit the TCU Horned Frogs in the first week of NCAA football betting action, as they are set to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday night.
We’re going to give all the credit in the world to the Beavers for being willing to schedule this game in addition to a trip to Boise State. It isn’t often that a big time BCS school is willing to travel for games such as this, especially against opponents that have a history of beating the snot out of fellow major programs. What’s worse for Oregon State is that QB Sean Canfield has graduated and is leaving behind a very talented offense that doesn’t really have a bona fide signal caller yet. What OSU does have going for it is the fact that the two Rodgers brothers, James and Jacquizz are two of the most talented football players in the nation. Jacquizz is legitimately a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, as he could very well rack up 300 touches and 2,000 yards this year between rushing and receiving, and he is going to be the man that the Horned Frogs have to key in on to stop if they want to win this game and beat this hefty number.
There wasn’t anything that TCU failed at last year. The Horned Frogs were an excellent team on both sides of the ball, and a good chunk of the starters return to both the offense and defense. The key is going to be the player of QB Andy Dalton, who is going to be asked to throw the ball just a tad more this season now that leading rusher RB Joseph Turner has graduated. Still, a number of top rushers on this team return, as Matthew Tucker, Ed Wesley, and a host of others will all be back after a solid 2009 and will be expected to produce chunks of yardage for the TCU offense. This was a team that was known for its defense last year though, and this game should be no exception for that. LB Daryl Washington and DE Jerry Hughes are both starting in the NFL now, which does leave HC Gary Patterson with some major holes to fill, but the rest of the ‘D’ is essentially intact and should once again provide for a very, very strong unit.
It seems like Oregon State puts itself in this predicament every year of taking on teams that, at least in terms of school size and conference affiliation, it should destroy. However, teams like Boise State, TCU, Utah, etc. are all exceptions to the rule, and the Beavers have had little luck against clubs like this in the past. Though this is only the first shot that they have taken at the Horned Frogs, this will likely be the exact same scenario that has played out in recent years. We have no choice but to back the purple and black for our college football wagering action.
Selection: TCU Horned Frogs -13.5