There’s a lot on the road this Saturday when #3 TCU visits #5 Utah. The Mountain West Convention Championship will probably go to the winner, who can have a terrific shot at an ideal common season and a attainable invite to a BCS Bowl recreation, probably even an opportunity to play for the Nationwide Championship. Boy do the boys from the BCS want that each groups may lose this recreation so one in all them does not bust up the BCS!
After this street take a look at, TCU has just about clear crusing as they end their season in opposition to San Diego State and a horrible New Mexico crew. They’re going to be 20 plus level favorites in each. On the season, TCU has constructed up BCS factors as their resume reveals two high quality convincing wins over Oregon State and Baylor. A win right here in Utah and one of many prime two groups dropping down the stretch and TCU may have the ability to construct its case to play in a BCS recreation or probably the Nationwide Championship recreation.
For Utah their case is not practically as robust as TCU’s as they’ve just one respectable win to this point this season, a gap week 27-24 dwelling win over Pittsburgh who is simply 5-3 on the season and play within the weak Large East. Additionally forward for Utah is a street recreation subsequent week at Notre Dame which won’t be a simple win despite the fact that the Combating Irish are within the midst of one other down 12 months.
TCU warmed up for this recreation by going to Las Vegas and pounding UNLV 48-6. Their protection as soon as once more dominated as they allowed solely 197 whole yards. On the season TCU is permitting solely 8.7 factors per recreation and 217 whole yards per contest.
TCU has been a disappointment to varsity soccer bettors as they arrive into this recreation with a so-so 5-4 in opposition to the unfold file. Nevertheless, they’re all the time an excellent crew to play below as they’ve gone below the betting whole in 6 of their 8 video games.
The Utes might have been caught trying forward final week after they nearly bought tripped up by Air Drive. They ended up profitable the sport 28-23 however didn’t cowl the betting line as 6.5 level favorites. That recreation snapped their excellent 6-0-1 file in opposition to the purpose unfold. In that Air Drive recreation, Utah was very lucky as they have been out gained by the Fly Boys and have been the beneficiaries of 5 Air Drive turnovers.
Final 12 months Utah was no competitors for this TCU crew as they went into Fort Price and have been drilled by the Horned Frogs 55-28. Nevertheless, the 12 months earlier than right here in Salt Lake, the Utes beat TCU 13-10 as 1.5-point canine.
The Sportsbooks like TCU on this recreation as they’ve put in the Frogs as beneficiant 5-point favorites on the betting line. On paper that appears like the best line contemplating the groups’ schedules, margin of victory, and the truth that Utah may have misplaced final week. Nevertheless, they do not play these video games on paper. It is robust to play in opposition to Utah as an underdog of this worth as they’re 24-10 (70%) in opposition to the betting line as canine of three.5-10 factors. However TCU is a cash machine in convention video games posting a 15-6 in opposition to the betting line file versus Mountain West opponents.
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