TCU hosts Texas Tech in Key Thursday Night Matchup

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TCU and Texas Tech Fighting for Big-12 Lives

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the TCU Horned Frogs battle at Amon Carter Stadium on Thursday Night. This is a key Big-12 matchup for both these teams. ESPN will televise this primetime matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the Horned Frogs as 7.5-point favorites. The total is 58.5.

Both teams are 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

TCU is not giving its fans much reason for optimism lately. The Horned Frogs continue a three-game homestand Thursday and hope to break out of these doldrums.

The Horned Frogs were ranked 14th before losing back-to-back games to No. 3 Ohio State and No. 14 Texas last month. Then they narrowly escaped Iowa State their last time out.

They needed a field goal with 37 seconds remaining to avoid a three-game skid. Now they face a Red Raiders team that is playing well of late.

Texas Tech Will be up for This Showdown

Texas Tech won three straight games in September. Then they gave No. 6 West Virginia all it could handle in a 42-34 defeat to close out the month.

The Red Raiders played the second half of that contest without quarterback Alan Bowman. He had a partially collapsed lung) and is expected to play tonight.

The Red Raiders lead the nation in total offense at 591.4 yards per game. They rank eighth in scoring offense at 48.4 points a game as well. Bowman, who is a freshman, threw for 605 yards and five touchdowns against Houston on Sept. 15.

He is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,680 yards with a amazing 11-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

The team has 18 rushing touchdowns as well this season. They have seven from leading rusher Ta’Zhawn Henry. QB Jett Duffey – who relieved Bowman at quarterback last week – is averaging 8.0 yards per carry on 21 attempts.

Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley leads the Big 12 with 124.2 receiving yards per game.

TCU Looks to win 9th Straight Home Game

TCU failed to reach 300 total yards of offense against Iowa State. They also committed three turnovers, but still prevailed in the matchup.  They Horned Frogs had an amazing 13-of-22 conversion rate on third and fourth downs. Combined with a strong defensive effort they pulled it out.

Shawn Robinson is expected to play after he suffered a shoulder injury late in the Cyclones game. He has surpassed 200 yards passing only once in five games this season.

Darius Anderson has 316 yards and is the team’s leading rusher. That is despite a poor two-game stretch where he had 24 carries for 57 yards.

TCU has won three of the last four meetings, including a 27-3 rout a season ago.

The Horned Frogs are looking to win their ninth straight home game.

PREDICTION: TCU 39, Texas Tech 37

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Next up:
Texas Tech home to Kansas Saturday, October 20
TCU home to Oklahoma Saturday, October 20

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