Big 12 rivals battle it out for the Saddle Trophy in Week 10 when Texas Tech heads across the state to take on No. 7 TCU. The Red Raiders took a big “L” in Week 9 after getting crushed by Baylor 45-17 on Saturday. TCU, meanwhile, remained perfect with a convincing 41-31 win over a tough West Virginia team.
Can the Frogs keep their undefeated streak going, or will Texas Tech get back in the win column?
TCU 6-2 Against the Spread
It’s hard to pick between TCU’s passing and rushing attack. They both rank in the top 7 in yards per attempt and combine to form one of the most dangerous offenses in the nation.
The passing attack is led by Senior quarterback Max Duggan who ranks 20th in passing yards (2,212), 6th in touchdowns (22), and 11th in QBR (83.9). WR Quentin Johnson is his favorite target, with 650 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson is one of seven different receivers with triple-digit yards.
Kendre Miller leads the rushing game with three straight games with 100+ yards on the ground. He’s now over the century mark in five of his previous six games.
Between their passing and rushing offense, TCU is the 5th highest-scoring team in the nation and averages over 500 yards per game.
TCU’s defense is their Achilles heel, but we’re not too worried about them against Texas Tech. Even if the Red Raiders can move the chains, they won’t be able to keep up with this offense enough to make a difference.
Texas Tech Defense Failing
The Red Raiders have a lot of work to do if they have any chance of competing against the Top 10 Horned Frogs. On Saturday, they allowed Baylor’s freshman tailback Richard Reese to run for 148 yards and three touchdowns. While the Bears rank 54th in yards per rush (4.4), TCU is the third-best in the nation (5.9).
If the Red Raiders can’t stop Reese, they will be thrashed by Miller. The Frogs’ starting RB has 851 yards on 132 attempts with 11 touchdowns and a YPC average of 6.4. He is one of three guys on this roster with more than 250 rushing yards, including Emari Demercado and Duggan.
Quarterback Donovan Smith is solid but far from impressive. He ranks 86th in yards (1,505), 59th in touchdown passes (12), and 101st in interceptions (8). In other words, he is a fringe top-100 QB and won’t be able to keep up with TCU on offense.
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Texas Tech vs TCU Head-to-Head
TCU and Texas Tech have played every year since 2012, with TCU holding a 6-4 overall lead. The Red Raiders, however, are 6-4 against the spread. TCU enters Week 10 with a three-game winning streak dating back to 2019.
Texas Tech vs TCU Game Information
- Game: Texas Tech vs TCU
- Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 5, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Texas Tech vs TCU Live Stream: ESPN
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Texas Tech vs TCU Prediction
Based on how badly the Red Raiders rushing defense played last week, we cannot recommend the Horned Frogs enough. The Red Raiders proved they couldn’t hang with a high-powered offense with a potent rushing attack. In that regard, TCU may be the best in the league and should run roughshod over Texas Tech.