After second-half comebacks in three of their last four wins, the undefeated Texas Christian University Horned Frogs moved to 9-0 for the first time since 2010. A win over Texas Tech on Nov. 5 propelled TCU from three spots in this week’s CFP rankings at No. 4 in the nation. With three more wins and a Big 12 Championship win next month, TCU could secure a trip to the CFP National Semifinals for the first time in school history.
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Bijan Robinson and Texas remain stable favorites by 7 points at BetMGM on Friday morning. Robinson, the Horns’ penalty running back, leads the Big 12 on the ground with 1,129 yards. TCU counters with Kendre Miller, who ranks second with 1,009. The two are the only defensemen in the conference to exceed the 1,000 yard mark.
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Texas vs TCU game details and betting overview
- Date: November 12, 2022
- Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel:ABC
- Location: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
- Speakers: TCU (9-0) against Texas (6-3)
- BetMGM Sports Betting Odds: Texas -7.5 (-115), O/U 66
Despite a spectacular season, TCU quarterback Max Duggan is still a long way from winning the Heisman Trophy. Duggan leads the Big 12 with 24 passing touchdowns, with four more on the ground.
The nimble quarterback enters the week at 40/1 sportsbook odds on BetMGM to capture the Heisman. There are eight players with lower ratings, led by Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud (+175). Relatively unknown on the national scene before this season, Duggan opened the summer in the futures market.
Duggan’s rise highlights the rise of the Upstart Horned Frogs. Former TCU coach Gary Patterson quit on Halloween last year after a 3-5 start. Patterson, who spent 20 years at the helm, led TCU to a 13-0 mark in 2010, when the Horned Frogs finished the season second in the nation. Now an assistant coach at Texas, Patterson helped devise a game plan to contain Duggan.
When TCU arrives in Austin, they’ll see former Horned Frog head coach Gary Patterson on the Texas sidelines, dressed in burnt orange.
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— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) November 9, 2022
On the other side of the ball, TCU will have to slow Robinson, a contender for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top running back in the nation. The Longhorns could use a steady dose of Robinson on Saturday night to get the ball away from Duggan. Bettors are expecting a shootout, however, with the total 66 points among the highest of the weekend.
If Texas wins on Saturday, there’s a chance the teams will meet in the Big 12 Championship Game. At 4-2, Texas is in a three-way tie with Kansas State and Baylor for second place in the conference. TCU has odds of +140 on BetMGM to win the conference, just ahead of Texas, which has odds of +175. Baylor is next at +450, followed by Kansas State and Oklahoma State at +850 and +6000, respectively.
Texas is 64-27-1 against TCU in series history, with the Longhorns winning 24 consecutive meetings from 1968 to 1991. But since losing to Texas in 2013, TCU has won six of the last eight games.