Matchup: LSU Tigers vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Date/Time: August 31st, 9:00 ET
College Football Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: LSU -4
Though the TCU Horned Frogs are now in the Big XII, their opening game of the season in college football betting action against the LSU Tigers still seems to feel a bit like David vs. Goliath. We’ll see what the case turns out to be on Saturday night at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.
The Bayou Bengals are ranked outside of the Top 10 in the nation, but we are wondering if they are a bit underrated. They did beat the Texas A&M Aggies last year on the road, something that the Alabama Crimson Tide couldn’t do at home. The only losses of the season came against Alabama at home, the Florida Gators on the road, and the Clemson Tigers in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl. QB Zach Mettenberger is back, but six players from last year’s team are gone and were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft (including DB Tyrann Mathieu). The pressure is clearly going to be on Mettenberger, RB Jeremy Hill and the gang to pick up the slack. This offense averaged 29.8 points per game last season, but the team also only averaged 374.2 yards per game, ranking 87th in the land. That’s not going to cut it with the defense dropping off just a bit this season.
This could be the crowning moment in TCU football history. Head Coach Gary Patterson has built this team up for years through the Mountain West and into the Big East for a hot minute and eventually here to the Big XII. The Horned Frogs did go on the road and beat the Texas Longhorns last season, but largely, there really wasn’t that key moment where you thought, “Wow, this team has arrived.” This would be the moment that it all changed. Winning this game for the Horned Frogs would give them a signature victory essentially in their own backyard on a national spotlight. QB Trevone Boykin has had a full offseason to prepare as the starter, unlike last season when he was basically thrown into the mix. Patterson’s defense is always one of the best in the nation, and this year is going to be no exception whatsoever. TCU is going to have to win this game on the defensive side of the ball, and it is almost going to have to out-LSU, LSU.
We think that this is perfect spot to back the Horned Frogs. They were beaten by the Baylor Bears a couple years ago when QB Robert Griffin III busted onto the scene and won the Heisman Trophy. Now, it’s time for payback. Many are underestimating TCU and thinking that the big, bad SEC is going to claim another victory, but we aren’t all that sure that’s the case. Fear the Frog on Saturday night.
LSU Tigers vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick: TCU Horned Frogs +4
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