Regardless of which team you want to win this game, we can all agree: the game between the Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs is the biggest game remaining on the Frogs' regular season schedule. A win tonight in Austin would all but ensure that TCU would finish with at least a share of the Big 12 title, barring an unforeseen catastrophe next week against Iowa State (though you never know, ISU may just methodical drive them to death).
#5 TCU @ Texas
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Austin, TX)
6:30 PM CT (Thu.), FS1
Line: TCU (-6)
Texas' annual Thanksgiving special brings a plague of Frogs into town as TCU looks to all but lock up a share of the Big 12 championship in a game that all Baylor fans will have a vested interest. TCU runs into a Texas team that is on a 3 game winning streak and is playing its best football of the season. The Longhorn defense has been strong all season (get it, it's because their coach's name is Strong) and now the offense has picked up its game over the last month. If Texas can establish their ground game with Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown behind a retooled offensive line, they have a chance to control possession and win this game. UT's defense has also had a lot of success in slowing down some of the explosive spread offenses of the Big 12 this season with a solid interior front and a secondary that is effective in space. In the end, I think Trevone Boykin will make just enough plays with his arm and his legs to keep the Texas defense off balance and win a close game late. The quarterback battle clearly leans in TCU's favor and that makes the difference. Don't be shocked if Texas pulls the upset though.
Prediction: TCU 27 Texas 24
Here's what SB Nation's Adam Jacobi had to say about the game in the streaming/schedule guide:
This is it for Playoff hopeful TCU. There's no Big 12 Championship Game, and next week's season finale opponent, Iowa State, might as well be an FCS cupcake. So with one spot to make up and one last game against a decent opponent to do it, Gary Patterson's guys need to play their game of the season. Texas has turned around in November with three straight decisive victories, and TCU won't be able to just push Charlie Strong's Longhorns around. TCU's still a favorite thanks to Trevone Boykin and that sensational offense, but don't be surprised if Texas pushes the Playoff into oncoming traffic.
Let's talk about this game right here. And if you really want to, you can talk about LSU vs. Texas A&M too, I guess.