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CFB Thursday TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns: Start Time, Spread, Free Pick


College football on Thanksgiving and we will see the TCU Horned Frogs travel to Austin, Texas to take on the Texas Longhorns. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have Texas favored by 7 points, while the total sits at 58. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.

Free Analysis: TCU, which needs one more victory for the 600th in program history, is already eligible for yet another postseason appearance under coach Patterson, but the team would still like to strengthen its position in the Big 12 where it is currently sixth in the standings with a record of 3-4. Take away the 56-0 win over Grambling in the season opener, as well as the ridiculous shootouts against WVU and Texas Tech that experienced a total of five overtimes, and the Frogs have been rather average on offense. While he is certainly a solid player, Boykin is pretty much managing games now for TCU not to lose, even though he has completed better than 58 percent of his pass attempts. Often considered one of the top defenses in the nation, the Horned Frogs also did their best to slow down Collin Klein who threw for just 145 yards and an interception while being sacked three times in the Loss to Kansas State. Although, Klein did reach the end zone twice with his feet in the meeting. Still, TCU ranks first in the conference and seventh in the country in stopping the run, giving up only 98.4 ypg which will be key against the Longhorns. Applying pressure at the line of scrimmage will be crucial if the Frogs hope to disrupt the Texas offense enough to make a difference, but really the only chance for TCU to come out on top is for the offense to perform better than it has all season.

As for the Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown, they've rebounded from back- to-back defeats against West Virginia and Oklahoma during the first half of October by running together four straight victories. Like the Horned Frogs, Texas has been out of action since the second Saturday of November when the team thumped Iowa State at home in a 33-7 final. The Longhorns were able to play their way back into the Big 12 title picture thanks to a huge effort against Iowa State when they generated more than 600 yards of total offense. Quarterback David Ash converted all but six of his pass attempts for a career-high 364 yards and two touchdowns, while Johnathan Gray recorded a pair of scores stemming from his 14 rushing attempts which generated 74 yards. Although he was held out of the end zone by the Cyclones, running back Joe Bergeron is still a huge option for the Longhorns as he has posted 16 rushing TDs on 116 carries. As a team, Texas has recorded 29 rushing TDs, averaging 192.7 ypg on the ground. Defensively, the 'Horns were on top of their game as they limited Iowa State to just 277 yards of total offense. The Cyclones were allotted just four possessions in the first half, three ending in punts and the other an interception. Josh Turner and Carring Byndom both recorded picks for the home team. The Longhorns have allowed 15.3 points per game in facing three of the four worst scoring offenses in the Big 12 in the last three contests after yielding 45.6 in their previous five.

Free Pick: I will take a shot at the Under in this one. The Longhorn defense is finally playing like they have been expected to this year as they have allowed just 15.3 ppg in their last 3 games. At home this year the Longhorns have been solid defensively, allowing just 386 ypg and 24.4 ppg. The TCU defense has not been its normal stingy self, but they still have allowed just 326 ypg and 24 ppg on the year. On the road they have allowed 368 ypg, but just 23.4 ppg. Very solid defensive numbers considering they play in the high powered Big 12. The Offenses have been explosive at times this year, but the defenses will come to play and that should keep this on in the low 50’s at best.  


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