The Texas Longhorns don't have to travel far in Week 9 to face TCU for a Big 12 showdown in Fort Worth.
Fresh off their exhilarating upset victory over rival Oklahoma two weekends ago, the Longhorns appear to be rounding into form after a couple early losses to teams they should have beaten. This team has now rattled off three straight wins, scoring at least 31 points in each one.
With a bye week in between that game and this one, Texas should be as fresh as a prairie rain shower and raring to go in this contest.
TCU's season has been a terrible disappointment to this point.
The Horned Frogs haven't sniffed a win against a Top-25 team and have a record of 3-4—including a 1-3 record within the conference.
Even at home, TCU isn't favored by much, but anything can happen on any given Saturday in college football—that's why they play the games.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 51.5 pts.
- Spread: TCU (-2)
Texas Injury Report (via USA Today)
|David Ash||QB||Ques Sat - Head - 10/20/13|
|Josh Cochran||T||Ques Sat - Shoulder - 10/20/13|
|Demarco Cobbs||LB||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/20/13|
|Bryant Jackson||WR||Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/20/13|
TCU Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Matt Anderson||DE||Out indefinitely - Knee - 10/9/13|
|Griffin Gilbert||TE||Out for season - Back - 10/9/13|
|Devonte Fields||DE||Out for season - Foot - 10/9/13|
|Casey Pachall||QB||Mid Nov - Forearm - 9/10/13|
Will Case McCoy Continue to Shine?
When David Ash was injured, many thought that Texas' season was doomed to failure. However, Case McCoy has filled in admirably, playing mistake-free football for the most part, and he's a big reason why Texas has won three games in a row.
The past two games that McCoy has started, Texas has been able to move the ball effectively, piling up 47 first downs in the two contests.
For the season, he has completed 61 percent of his passes for 764 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception. He's not a physical freak like most of the hot quarterbacks making headlines every weekend, but he's getting the job done where it counts—on the scoreboard.
TCU's defense is its strongest asset, allowing just 21.7 points and 225.1 passing yards per game, and through seven games the Horned Frogs have only allowed seven passing touchdowns.
McCoy will need to be sharp for this contest, or the Longhorns will head back home with heavy hearts.
TCU doesn't do anything exceptionally well right now.
The Horned Frogs are not explosive on offense, averaging just 25.3 points per game, and they haven't fared well against a single team with any clout.
Texas, on the other hand, seems to have recovered from its early-season slump, and Mack Brown's squad is playing with some fire and brimstone behind it.
With a bye week to prepare for this unremarkable opponent, Texas should win this weekend on the road. A blowout isn't likely, however, as the Longhorns have displayed a tendency to play down to their competition.
Texas wins 35-27
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