If you are into the practice of college football betting at BetAnySports, you know that sometimes programs are up, and sometimes they are down. The LSU Tigers were not in the chase for the national title last season, and the TCU Horned Frogs had a rocky road in their first season in the Big 12. Both of these teams hope to turn things around with a strong start in 2013. But one of them will come away with an 0-1 record after a showdown that takes place on Saturday, August 31 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Let’s take a look at the way this matchup breaks down, as the quarterbacks will play a key role.
LSU probably doesn’t have enough horses this season to be able to compete with Alabama in the SEC, and Les Miles has spent a lot of time talking about how the schedule is set up and how it has been biased for ‘Bama and against his program. But he better worry about some of these non-conference opponents too, like this one.
This actually sets up as an interesting quarterback matchup. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger is a senior and it is now “proving time” for him. Mettenberger was enough of a talent that when he and Aaron Murray were both at Georgia, Mettenberger is the one who won the quarterback battle in the spring game. But in his first season starting for the Bayou Bengals (+1900 at BetAnySports to win the BCS title in college football betting), he was often tentative and nothing spectacular, tossing just 12 TD passes. But now Miles has brought in offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who has been the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and the head coach at Indiana.
He was also the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, but was fired and replaced by Jim Caldwell before the Ravens went on their Super Bowl run. A former colleague of Miles, he’s been brought in to work with Mettenberger and see if he can draw some of that potential out of him.
For TCU (+335 to win more than 9.5 games at BetAnySports), Casey Pachall is back in action, and that is certainly something to look forward to. Last season Pachall had ten TD’s with just one interception, but then he was suspended for the remainder of the season and spent time in drug rehabilitation. Coach Gary Patterson had a tough decision to make, but he is confident that he made the right one. Now he’s got Pachall in the fold, and also fully intends to make use of Trevone Boykin, who had to fill in for Pachall last season. Boykin completed 57% of his passes and can run it a little, and whichever guy is in the saddle, he will take advantage of some advanced weaponry, now that transfers such as running back Aaron Green (who came from Nebraska) and wide receiver Ja’Juan Story (a Florida transfer) are eligible to play.
The Horned Frogs (+380 to win the Big 12 in college football props at BetAnySports) will be able to score some points. And the defense, which was ranked #1 in the Big 12 last year, brings back nine of its starters. If they can put some pressure on Mettenberger, who may still be getting used to whatever system Cameron has put in place, they have a chance to capitalize on some home cooking (this game is being played in the Metroplex, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington) in what will be a huge recruiting game for them, not to mention an opportunity to get rid of the sour taste of a one-point loss to Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
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