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TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction and Preview

TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction and Preview

TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction and Preview

With the West Virginia Mountaineers and TCU Horned Frogs gearing up to play this weekend in Morgantown, the two teams are heading in opposite directions.

WVU is streaking toward the finish line. The Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12) came back from their open date three weeks ago to blow out the Baylor Bears and gain a hard-fought win last week on the road versus the Texas Longhorns.

At the same time, TCU’s season is slowly unraveling. Even though the Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4) stopped the bleeding in a win last week over Kansas State, a loss to the lowly Kansas Jayhawks the week before sums up the state of affairs for head coach Gary Patterson’s team.

At this point, a win over the Mountaineers would be considered a season-saver for TCU.

TCU at West Virginia

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. ET
TV: FS1
Spread: West Virginia -11.5

Three Things to Watch

1. TCU’s health

Earlier this week, head coach Gary Patterson detailed his squad’s injury issues this season, noting that the coaching staff had to press a kicker into playing defensive end for his scout team. The problems are particularly acute on defense, with safety Niko Small and linebacker Ty Summers among the walking wounded on the injury report.

The Horned Frogs need all hands on deck if they want to slow down West Virginia’s high-octane offense. Right now, it appears they will be playing shorthanded instead.

2. A WVU letdown?

The Mountaineers scored an emotional win last week in Austin that cemented them as a legitimate challenger for the Big 12 crown. That introduces the possibility of a letdown on Saturday, especially with an early kickoff.