TCU Betting Odds Preview
The TCU Horned Frogs struggled in their first year in the Big 12, going just 4-5 SU and 3-6 ATS in conference play. A slew of injuries and suspensions to key players led to the downswing in 2012 more than the conference change did, and TCU will look to prove it belongs this season.
TCU had a streak of three straight seasons of 11 or more wins snapped last year, and many claimed that it was due to the switch to a BCS conference. While Big 12 competition is undoubtedly superior to that in the Mountain West, TCU is good enough to hang. Losing starting RB Waymon James to injury and a bunch of players via suspension, including QB Casey Pachall, was the real issue.
Pachall returns after missing most of the season due to a DWI arrest and rehab process. The quarterback projects out to be an NFL-level prospect, and appears focused and ready to make the most of his second chance in 2013. If for some reason he falters, QB Trevone Boykin should be ready to step in again like he did last year. Waymon James also returns and should give a boost to the running game.
What separates TCU from its Big 12 rivals is the defense. The Horned Frogs finished last season with the best total defense and best rushing defense in the Big 12. Virtually everyone returns on this side of the ball (including the entire secondary), and head coach Gary Patterson now has a year of Big 12 play under his belt. There is a good chance the defense will be even better this season.
A tough schedule and concerns around Pachall prevent TCU from being a favorite to win the Big 12. But the team should do much better than last year’s 4-5 SU and 3-6 ATS marks in conference play, and if Pachall does bounce back and play to his potential, this team does have a shot to be in the running.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 10
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500