2012 College Football Week 5 Odds & Spread: TCU vs. SMU Print
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Thursday, 27 September 2012 07:30
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TCU vs. SMU Odds

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DALLAS, TX (The Spread) – No. 15 TCU hits the road for non-conference action on Saturday when it takes on SMU at 7:30PM ET on the Fox Sports Network.

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TCU is 3-0 on the season and 1-0 on the road while SMU is 1-2 overall and 1-1 at home. The Horned Frogs are 2-1 against the spread while the Mustangs are 1-2 ATS. SMU has covered the spread in 7 of its last 9 against TCU.

Trends show that the road team has covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 games in this series and TCU is just 1-5 ATS in its last 6 meeting with SMU. These two teams have combined to hit the over in 3 of their last 4 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv TCU is the favorite to win this game, as the Horned Frogs have odds of -16.5 points against SMU. The over/under total for the game has been set at 54 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had TCU as an 18.5-point favorite against SMU. The spread never got higher than that and dipped as low as 16 points before settling at TCU -16.5.

TCU comes into this game with the top defense in the country. The Horned Frogs are leading the country in defensive scoring, allowing just 4.3 points per game. With that, TCU is also scoring 34.3 points per game. The offense has been moving the ball well, led by its passing attack and quarterback Casey Pachall, who has thrown for 841 yards and 8 TDs.

SMU has had a tough time defensively this season, losing its two games against FBS opponents by a combined score of 107-27. Right now, the Mustangs are giving up 35.7 points per game, which ranks 105th nationally. On offense, SMU has been able to move the ball for nearly 400 yards per game, but the Mustangs rank 10th in the country in rushing, at just 107.7 yards per game. The team is led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has thrown for 694 yards and three touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, TCU has three played out for the year with injuries, including running back Waymon James. SMU has only listed cornerback James Richardson, who is out for the year with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing TCU. The Horned Frogs are getting 76% of the wagers with odds of -16.5 points at SMU on Saturday.

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