West Virginia vs. TCU fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia vs. TCU Broadcast
Date: Friday, November 29
Game Time: 4:15 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
West Virginia (4-7) vs. TCU (5-6) Game Preview
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Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers might be on a brutal run of six losses in its last seven games, but they’ve at least been interesting with more offensive pop once Jarret Doege took over.
The former Bowling Green quarterback hit Kansas State for three touchdowns in the win two weeks ago, and threw for over 300 yards with just a little more happening – but not enough – in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State.
Most of all, he’s not making any big mistakes, and that’s big against a TCU defense with eight picks in the last five games.
On the other side, the West Virginia defense has been able to do just enough to keep the team in games. It’s getting defense pressure up front, and the TCU offensive line is struggling in pass protection for an air attack coming off a 65-yard day against Oklahoma.
Scoring matters. TCU has lost the last five times when it failed to hit the 30-point mark – the Mountaineers haven’t allowed more than 20 in three of the last four. But …
Why TCU Will Win
West Virginia isn’t scoring.
Doege has been a plus, but there’s absolutely no running game and the downfield passing game isn’t good enough, currently ranking last in the Big 12 in yards per completion.
Yes, TCU is struggling when the offense isn’t hitting 30, but it’s far better equipped and far better when it’s able to take over by moving the chains. Time of possession is almost everything to the Horned Frogs, able to hang on to the ball for over 33 minutes a game.
West Virginia doesn’t control the clock or the tempo.
With no running game, the midrange passes have to keep things moving, but the Horned Frogs are terrific on third downs on both sides of the ball, WVU is dead last in the Big 12 in third down conversions, and this should be a bit of a grind.
At home, and with a bowl game on the line, TCU should have everything turned up a few notches, however …
What’s Going To Happen
West Virginia was able to beat the best team in the Big 12 in time of possession – Kansas State – and it’s going to give the Horned Frogs a fight.
TCU’s defense, though, will keep the Mountaineers to under 50 rushing yards, Doege and the passing game won’t be able to move the chains, and it’ll be the sixth win needed for the home side – even if there’s nothing pretty about it.
West Virginia vs. TCU Prediction, Line
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