TCU Visits Texas In Thanksgiving Day College Football Game

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns
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Date:
11/22/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Texas -8, O/U 61
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Television: ESPN

TCU Horned Frogs: It's the first meeting between the Horned Frogs (6-4 straight-up, 4-6 against the spread) and Longhorns as conference foes since 1995 when Texas won the last Southwest Conference football title. Texas Christian's first year in the Big 12 has suffered recently with three conference setbacks in the last four games for a 3-4 Big 12 record overall. Coach Gary Patterson's club will have had some extra time to absorb the 23-10 home loss to Kansas State (Nov. 10), and the Frogs still sport the nation's 16th-ranked defense that is allowing just 326.3 yards per game. That stop unit has come up with 26 takeaways on the year, 14th-most in the country, but the offense has given the ball right back (25 times, 20th-most). This has been a solid team on the road, winning four of five away from Ft. Worth (2-3 ATS), and "under" bettors have cashed three of the team's five clashes on the road.

Texas Longhorns: Coach Mack Brown and the 'Horns (8-2 SU, 5-5 ATS) will be seeking their fifth straight win while their backers look for a third consecutive winning ticket. Texas really turned things around after the humiliating defeat vs. Oklahoma in mid-October and can take a 10-2 record into the bowl season with closing wins vs. TCU and at Kansas State. Sophomore quarterback David Ash has been the difference the past two games, combining to complete 36-of-50 pass attempts for 628 yards and five touchdowns. An improved Longhorns defense has also played a role in three consecutive "unders" cashing following a string of five "overs." Texas has a decided 61-20-1 edge in the all-time series, a mark that is highlighted with a 24-game winning streak from 1968-91. The Longhorns are 4-1 in Austin this year, going 2-3 vs. the number and 3-2 to the high side of the total.

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