No. 16 Utah Utes at No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs

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No. 16 Utah Utes (8-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-0)
Saturday November 14th, 7:30PM Eastern betting line – TCU -19.5, 46.5 O/U

The state of Texas must be feeling pretty good at their chances of reaching the National Championship this season. The Texas Longhorns are ranked 3rd in the standings and will definitely move up when Alabama and Florida collide in the SEC Championship. However, even if the Longhorns slip up, Texas has an unlikely underdog that could be in the running. Texas Christian University is ranked 4th in America at a perfect 4-0 and there are many who have jumped on the Horned Frogs banwagon to ride out for the rest of the season. TCU gets their biggest challenge this weekend with a home stand against the Utah Utes who are an impressive 8-1 on the season. Utah is in most legitimate expectations the last team that has the chance to knock of TCU and keep them from an undefeated record. However, will the Horned Frogs be one of the BCS Busters?

One major reason the Horned Frogs have the chance for perfection is their stellar defense that has dominated all year long. TCU ranks 3rd in overall defense holding opponents to 240 yards per game. The impressive defensive unit also ranks 5th in scoring holding opponents to just 11.22 points per game. The defense has the capability of playing with anyone in college football and giving them a chance to win. However, the offense has shown in recent weeks that they can carry their own weight. TCU is averaging 42 points per game in the last 4 outings including a 38-7 blowout over BYU. The offense is under the command of Andy Dalton behind center. Dalton has completed 64% passing with 17 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions.

In the impressive 4 game stretch in recent weeks, Dalton has also failed to throw a single pick. If the passing game continues to be that productive without making any mistakes, they are going to be extremely tough to beat. Tailbacks Joseph Turner and Ed Wesley have combined for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Both tailbacks are carrying a healthy 5 yards per carry and they will be critical in the Horned Frogs chances this Saturday. Utah has not performed against the run like they have against the pass relinquishing 130 yards per game on the ground. If the Utes are to have any chances of upset they will need to stop the ground attack, and let their talented secondary cause more problems for Dalton.

On offense, Utah is averaging 30 points per game. However, the offense has some big time playmakers. Running back Eddie Wide has posted 809 yards and 8 touchdowns in 9 games this season. Wide has carried the ball for 6 yards per carry and posted 100 yards at least in each of the last 6 games. If the running game is not enough to worry about, wide receiver David Reed presents plenty of problems on the outside. Reed has 58 catches for 819 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year. Reed is averaging 14.1 yards per game and if he can help QB Terrance Cain make a few big plays the Utes will have a chance to score the upset. However with the Horned Frogs getting to host the contest that will be a tough accomplishment.

Pick – Utes will not win, but will keep it within the points.