Texas Tech and TCU meet for the 59th time in a rivalry that resumed on a perennial basis when the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012. It’s been a disappointing season for both schools, which will spend the final five games angling for a bowl berth. TCU, a trendy preseason pick to win the league, has lost to Oklahoma, nearly been stunned by Kansas and was pounded by West Virginia over the last three games. The 3-4 Red Raiders are riding a three-game losing, despite scoring at least 55 points on five separate occasions this season.
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With both offenses doing their best to try and break scoreboards around the country, it should not come as a surprise that the total is one of the biggest in college football history.
One book opened the total at 82.5 but that number jumped two points to 84.5 by Tuesday morning. If that number stays pat, then it will officially close as the eighth highest total.
There have been 10 games with closing totals of 82.5 or higher, four of which have come this season. Of those four games this year, three went OVER with Texas Tech vs Stephen F. Austin finishing just one point below the closing total of 87.0.
In general, the 10 games with a closing total of 82.5 or higher have seen the OVER go 8-2 with an average combined score of 99.7.
Texas Tech is coming off a historic offensive performance against Oklahoma last week, in which the two teams combined for 125 points and 1708 offensive yards. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II went 52-for-88 with 734 passing yards and five touchdowns plus 85 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in that outing. Those 734 passing yards are more than three teams have accumulated this season.
TCU boasts an impressive offense as well, with the team 13th in passing yards and 31st in points per game in the country. Quarterback Kenny Hill has accounted for 20 touchdowns through the air and with his feet on the season. However, the Horned Frogs’ offense has scored an average of 17 points while giving up seven turnovers in their past two games.
TCU will play with a chip on its shoulder this Saturday, eager to get beyond last week’s awful showing in Morgantown. The Frogs will continue giving up yards and points, especially with Mahomes pitching the ball around Amon G. Carter. But they’ll also get back on the rails offensively versus one of the FBS’ worst defenses. Hill will deliver with more consistency than he has in the past two games, and Hicks will earn game MVP honors with his third consecutive 100-yard effort on the ground. Get more sports betting value. Get all the latest Betting and Sport News updates on your social media outlets. Find us on both Facebook and Google+!