By Point Train
Texas Tech at TCU
This in-state matchup has favored TCU in recent history as Gary Patterson and TCU have won three of five career games against Texas Tech since Kliff Kingsbury took over the program in 2013. Although one-sided on paper, the Red Raiders won the last time they visited Fort Worth, escaping with a 27-24 victory in double overtime.
This year’s Red Raiders versus Horned Frogs Big 12 matchup looks like a matchup of identical teams from the outside looking in. Both teams are 3-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play and are coming off their bye weeks.
The mirror images don’t stop there as both teams are hoping to have their starting quarterbacks playing. Tech starter Alan Bowman spent his time off recovering from a partially collapsed lung that occurred in the Raiders loss to West Virginia. Horned Frogs starter Shawn Robinson is also coming off an injury and his status had been in question after he injured his left, non-throwing shoulder late in the Iowa State game. The prognosis for both quarterbacks is that they should see game snaps but how many will play a major role in the outcome.
Bowman’s status will affect Texas Tech’s high octane offense which boasts the Big 12’s top spot at 48.4 points a game. With or without Bowman, Tech will have their work cut out for them as they will be facing a TCU defense that occupies the conferences top-ranking. The Red Raiders air attack will have opportunities as the TCU pass defense has been lit up for 599 yards and four touchdowns in their games against Ohio State and Texas.
The strength of TCU’s offense is in the running game, where running back Darius Anderson is capable of taking over any game he plays. With Robinson probably not at 100%, Anderson may be in line for additional carries. Tech (like most Big 12 teams) is not known for their defense but have recently sported an improved run defense ranking 42nd nationally.
Tech flies into Fort Worth listed as better than a touchdown favorite but might benefit from being fresh as they have covered the last four straight years after their bye under Kingsbury. TCU has not been as fresh as they have lost outright and against the spread when coming off a bye in each of the past two seasons.