The College Football oddsmakers have listed the second-ranked TCU Horned Frogs as 14-point favorites over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game kicks-off this Thursday night from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 9:00 PM ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Breaking Down The TCU Horned Frogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Online Betting Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch
TCU Horned Frogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Odds: TCU -14
Game Total: 57.5
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
After getting left out of the first-ever four-team playoff a year ago, the TCU Horned Frogs (12-1 SU, 11-2 ATS) will enter the 2015 season with one main goal in mind – reaching this season’s playoffs, before going on to win it all.
TCU will take on a Minnesota Gophers (8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 O/U) team that will enter the 2015 regular season looking to build on their impressive eight-win campaign and second place finish in the Big Ten West division.
TCU is a two-touchdown favorite to win this regular season opener, mostly because the Horned Frogs will be led by one of the best players in the nation in gifted dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin.
The Heisman Trophy candidate had a stupendous 2014 campaign by throwing for 3,901 yards with 33 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions while also rushing for 707yards and eight additional touchdowns to account for a jaw-dropping 41 touchdowns and over 4,600 yards of total offense.
Boykin is a star of the highest order, but that’s not why TCU is one of the top national championship favorites. No, the Horned Frogs have one of the best trios in all of college football with
Gary Patterson’s squad ranked second in the nation in scoring last season (46.5 ppg) and could be even better in 2015 thanks to the contributions of running back Aaron Green (922 rushing yards) and wide receiver Josh Doctson (1,018 receiving yard, 11touchdowns).
The Horned Frogs have 10 returning starters on offense and six on defense and beat Minnesota 30-7 in September of 2014 to easily cash in as a huge, 17-point home favorite.
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) August 28, 2015
The Gophers averaged a solid 28.3 ppg last season while allowing 24.1 per contest defensively for head coach Jerry Kill.
Junior quarterback Mitch Leidner returns to lead a passing attack that ranked a discouraging 119th in the nation last year. Not only that, but Minnesota will go into battle this season without its two best playmakers from last season’s team with running back David Cobb and tight end Maxx Williams both playing at the next level now. One of the best rushing teams in the nation last season, Minnesota installed a new, no-huddle offense this spring.
“We can’t lose our identity of who we are,” Kill says. “We’re going to run the football. But I think we win two or three more games last year if we throw it a little bit better. That’s our fault (as coaches), not the kids’ fault.”
My TCU vs Minnesota Free Pick:
I’m going on record right now to say that Trevone Boykin may not only be the best quarterback in the country, but the best player in all of college football in 2015.
While Minnesota compiled an impressive 4-1 ATS mark in their last five games of the 2014 season, I’m urging you to back Trevone Boykin and the TCU Horned Frogs to record a win over the Gophers that is akin to the beating they put on Minnesota last season.
TCU has gone 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games and a bankroll-boosting 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
The spread may look big her, but TCU’s explosive offense will cover it!