15th-ranked TCU may be without starting quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate Trevone Boykin (pictured) this weekend, but the Horned Frogs will still look to pull off the huge upset over the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears when they square off in a huge Big 12 battle on Saturday. On the flip side of the coin, the banged-up, but only once-beaten Bears will look to keep their College Football Playoff dreams intact by getting the win.
Tms w/best yards vs opponent averages 1. Clemson +279 2. Oklahoma +233 3. Alabama +219 4. Baylor +216 5. TCU +157 https://t.co/DjfgeLZ1vZ
— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) November 25, 2015
How To Bet The Baylor Bears V TCU Horned Frogs College Football Week 13 Spread
The college football rivalry week spread favors Baylor by 1.5-points to beat TCU. The game total is not on the board and with the spread so slim, the moneyline is also off the board. Now, let’s find out who’s going to win this Week 13 pairing.
What: No. 7 Baylor Bears (9-1) at No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs (9-2)
When: Friday, November 27, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Fort Worth, TX
Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium
Weather: 68° F | Lots of Rains
Spread: Baylor -1.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Baylor vs TCU
Bet The Baylor Bears At -1.5 Because…
The Bears looked fantastic in their 45-35 Week 12 shocker against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Not only did Baylor hand the Cowboys their first loss of the season to likely ruin their national championship dreams, but the Bears easily cashed in as 3-point favorites.
"We do like the fact that it’s late in the season, and we’re still in the hunts — with an s," coach Art Briles said Monday. "We know it’s hard for everybody to look at you and you to deliver week after week after week. Of course, we haven’t done anything yet and haven’t finished. But at least up to this point, we’re still standing pretty solid."
Head coach Art Briles said he will likely turn to sophomore wide receiver-turned-quarterback Chris Johnson to lead the Bears in this contest after tossing two TD passes in relief of injured freshman starter Jarrett Stidham last Saturday.
"It’s an opportunity to get more in-sync with those guys," said Johnson, who will make his first career start. "It’s a little different having to just jump in there in the middle of a game with those guys without having practiced with them much. Getting some time with them will help out a lot."
Bet The TCU Horned Frogs At +1.5 Because…
Even without star players Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson and Joey Hunt, TCU gave Oklahoma all they could handle before falling just short in its heartbreaking 30-29 Week 12 loss.
The Horned Frogs nearly came back from a 23-7 halftime deficit by outscoring the Sooners 16-0 in the final quarter.
"I think our kids found out that … when we’re done and Trevone graduates, we were able to move the football against a really good football team," head coach Gary Patterson said. "Some of the guys we expect to be our future guys that make plays, stepped up."
Boykin, is listed as questionable for this affair. My preseason pick to win the Heisman hasn’t suited up since turning his right ankle against Kansas on Nov. 14.
"He’s a special cat. He’ll be the guy who makes that call," Patterson said.
The Horned Frogs were forced to switch quarterbacks last week with senior Bram Kohlhausen replacing nervous redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer early in the second half after Sawyer tossed his third and final pick of the day.
To his credit, Kohlhausen gave the Horned Frogs an immediate spark and finished 5-for-11 for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Aaron Green also had a fine day by rushing for 126 yards and one score on 23 carries.
The Horned Frogs have had a whopping 16 players make their first career start this season.
"A lot of our stuff happened on defense. It happened early, so we’ve grown up and we’ve gotten better playing together, but they handled it so well," Patterson said. "Defensively we’ve been able to do it without a bunch of people. Offensively, they went into a little shock at the Kansas game."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I know the Bears are starting an inexperienced quarterback, but Chris Johnson looked pretty solid last week and I have to believe he won’t pull off a similar performance against a TCU defense that is inexperienced at almost ever position.
As much as I’d like to pick the Horned Frogs to win this game, I just don’t see it that happening.
The Bears looked stupendous in beating Oklahoma State last weekend despite playing on the road in a hostile environment and I believe they’re going to duplicate that feat against TCU this week.
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record and a blistering 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
While TCU has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record and an impressive12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games, the Horned Fogs are also just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an SU loss.