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TCU vs BYU odds - BYU out to avenge last year's loss to TCU

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/20/2009 2:22:15 PM
football line bettingThe TCU vs BYU matchup will put the Mountain West conference on display. BYU already had their BCS bubble burst when Florida State stomped them, but they can still win the conference if they go undefeated. Online betting cappers should be aware that there’s as much on the line for BYU as TCU, and the Cougars would also like to avenge last year’s 32-7 loss.

TCU vs BYU odds: TCU -2

  • WHAT: NCAA Football betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 24th – 7:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: LaVell Edwards Stadium – Provo, UT
  • PICK: BYU +2

TCU vs BYU odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
For TCU (6-0, 2-0), this game is everything. TCU is both undefeated and a Top 10 team in the standings. If they can get a win here and a win over Utah next month, they might even be considered over Boise State (who has had a really easy schedule) for a big BCS game.

For BYU (6-1, 3-0), their season took a turn for the worse when they lost to Florida State, yet they are still undefeated in the Mountain West. Remember, the Mountain West is now a BCS conference and the winner will go, which means that BYU is still in the game.

Betting Edge: Even

TCU vs BYU odds maker breakdown: Offense
This will be a matchup of a good defense versus a good offense, and a mediocre offense versus a suspect defense. TCU has the mediocre offense as they really get spotty production. Last week, they exploded for 44 points against Colorado State, but the week before that, they squeaked by with a 20-17 win over Air Force. On the road, it’s tough to gauge what this offense can produce.

For BYU, their offense is their bread and butter. Quarterback Max Hall has already faced tougher defenses like Oklahoma, and he’s proven to be up to the task. He’s a veteran quarterback that leads a very capable offense. TCU will try to shut down Dennis Pitta - Hall’s favorite target - but not many defenses have been able to accomplish that.

Betting Edge: BYU

TCU vs BYU odds maker breakdown: Defense
While BYU has the edge on offense, TCU definitely has the edge on defense. The defense is led by end Jerry Hughes, who had three sacks last week and now has a total of eight on the season. This is a defense that gives up 13.6 points per game, which is smothering. They are also road tested, as they held Virginia to 14 on the road and Clemson to just 10 points in Death Valley.

For BYU, their defense leaves some to be desired. They have given up 22.3 points per game this year, including 54 to Florida State. The Cougars’ bread and butter is their offense, and they just lean on their defense to keep them in the game.

Betting Edge: TCU

TCU vs BYU odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
NCAAF betting cappers should note that the BYU team had the flu bug last week, and several players either missed or weren’t at full strength for the game against San Diego State. Keep an eye on their status to see if it spreads further.

Betting Edge: TCU

TCU vs BYU State betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
This is a revenge game for BYU, and they have a chance to do what has already been done to them this season: ruin someone’s BCS hopes. BYU was stomped in a loss at TCU last year and now they will return the favor and get a big home win. Sportsbook odds makers have the wrong team favored here as Provo is typically a tough place to play.


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Blake Frazier is one of's college football experts.



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