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Utah vs TCU Odds - TCU won't falter in biggest game in school history

Posted by Blake Frazier on 11/10/2009 4:20:23 PM
betting on footballUtah vs TCU odds sets up a matchup for the Mountain West title, as both teams are in the running. No. 4 ranked TCU seems like the runaway choice, but Utah is neck-in-neck with them - and with a win, they could put themselves in line for the conference. Even so, TCU is rolling right now and online betting fans know that they will be tough to stop at home.



Utah vs TCU odds: TCU -20

  • WHAT: NCAA Football betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 14th – 7:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, TX
  • PICK: TCU -20



Utah vs TCU odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Utah Utes (8-1, 5-0) carried the flag for the Mountain West last year and they still have the opportunity to do it this year. The Utes have just one loss on the year, which was at Oregon, so they have been respectable. They have won three straight over TCU and would love to upend their Cinderella season.

For TCU (9-0, 5-0), sportsbook odds makers know that this is the biggest game in school history. They are No. 4 in the BCS, and with another dominant win, they could start to get into the conversation for a BCS Championship game. As it stands now, they would need losses from two of the top three. They’ll get one from one of the SEC teams, and if they can get another - and stay perfect themselves - they could smash some records by qualifying.

Betting Edge: TCU


Utah vs TCU odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Utah offense is decent, but it’s clearly not what it was last year. The offensive line – particularly center Zane Taylor, who sent two snaps over the head of Utah quarterbacks last week – just isn’t quite there yet. Also, the kicking game is a question as Joe Phillips missed from 38 yards last week. The Utes will need him because they may not have many opportunities to score this week.

The TCU offense is absolutely rolling right now. They have rushed for 300 yards in back-to-back games and have now had eight different players rush for a touchdown. They are ranked No. 6 in the nation in rushing and No. 8 overall. There really are no qualms with this unit, which is about as dominant as can be right now.

Betting Edge: TCU


Utah vs TCU odds maker breakdown: Defense
Utah’s defense has been steady this year but it hasn’t been dominant. This was a stifling unit last year, but they haven’t been the same this year. Sure, they haven’t allowed an opponent to top the 17-point mark in six weeks (and only once this season) but they haven’t really played anyone as good as TCU.

As good as the offense is right now, the TCU defense is right there with them. The Horned Frogs limited San Diego State to just 279 total yards and are now ranked No. 3 in the country in total defense. The only defenses ranked better than them? Texas and Florida.

Betting Edge: TCU


Utah vs TCU odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Senior wideout David Reeed suffered a hand injury against New Mexico, so keep an eye on his status for this week. Aside from that, both teams are relatively healthy.

Betting Edge: Even


Utah vs TCU betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
College football betting fans may perceive the spread to be high, but TCU is hot right now. Their offense is rolling with a great running game, a good passing game and an excellent defense backing them up. Utah will start a freshman in Fort Worth against a team that’s hungry for revenge. Utah has won three straight in this matchup, but TCU rolls through with no problems in one of the biggest games in their program’s history.

BLAKE’S PICK: TCU -20


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Blake Frazier is one of betonline.com's college football experts.

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