TCU vs. West Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
TCU (4-5) vs. West Virginia (7-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why TCU Will Win
The pass defense is keeping up its end of the bargain.
There are a slew of problems at the moment, and offense isn’t strong enough to keep up with any sort of an offensive firefight, but the secondary has been a relative rock in a league that rips apart everyone through the air.
When you only give up 202 yards against Texas Tech – okay, okay, so Jett Duffey was running the ball – and Kyler Murray went for just 213 yards, you’re doing something okay.
The Mountaineers are obviously going to want to fire away, and at home they’re going to be tough to hold down, but TCU’s D is just okay enough to keep this from getting out of hand.
The Horned Frogs are strong on third downs. they can slow down games, and the offensive line is doing a nice job of keeping defenses out of the backfield, but …
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
There’s just no TCU offensive punch.
The passing game is doing okay, even with Shawn Robinson out and Michael Collins winging it around, but there’s not enough of a running game, and the team is having a nightmare of a time putting the biscuit in the basket.
TCU just can’t score enough.
This isn’t a team or an offense equipped to keep up in any sort of a firefight. The O scored a little bit against Kansas, and it put up 27 points against Oklahoma, but … it’s just not working.
If you can’t put up 30 points, it’s hard to hang in the Big 12. TCU hasn’t scored more than 28 since beating SMU in the first week of September.
TCU’s defense might be strong enough to keep Will Grier from going off. but he’s been a 300-yard machine, coming up with 330 passing yards or more against everyone but Iowa State, and as he showed against TCU, he’s in command.
This offense is playing with confidence, with explosion, and without fear. Everyone will have to get used to being frustrated a bit by the Horned Frog defense, but come up with a few scoring drives, and that should be enough – TCU won’t be able to keep up.
What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be a bit more of a grind than West Virginia might like, but Grier and company will come up with a touchdown right away, and when the O needs points, it’ll get them.
TCU will fire away to try keeping up, and it’ll get a big play from somewhere – maybe the special teams – to make Grier and the offense keep pushing, but the Mountaineers will pull away late in the third.
Fearless Prediction & Line
West Virginia 34, TCU 20
Line: West Virginia -11.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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