The TCU Horned Frogs are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games as they begin their drive towards their first national championship since 1938 as big favorites when they visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday in college football Week 1 action.
The Horned Frogs open the season at No. 2 on the AP Top 25 poll following an impressive 12-1 campaign in 2014 and are strong futures betting favorites to repeat as Big 12 champions in 2015.
The Golden Gophers produced mixed results in 2014, finishing with an 8-5 overall record after opening the season at 7-2, including a pair of outright wins as underdogs. Minnesota tallied a respectable 6-1 SU record on home field in 2014, and rewarded bettors by covering as underdogs in three of four contests against Top 25 teams.
These two teams met for the first time in 40 years last season, with the Horned Frogs claiming 30-7 home victory last September and easily covering as heavy 17.5-point favorites.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans going with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in this game found them listed as 16-point underdogs on the betting odds menu at 5Dimes earlier in the week.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 41-23 result in favor of the Horned Frogs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
TCU Horned Frogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Minnesota Golden Gophers sit at 8-5 (8-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the TCU Horned Frogs are currently 12-1 (11-2 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Minnesota is 6-6-1 OU, and TCU is 8-5 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs TCU injuries news.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers sit at No. 55 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds – VSB
, while the TCU Horned Frogs are at No. 2 on that chart.
Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Golden Gophers No. 69-ranked offense (28.38 PPG) against a TCU Horned Frogs defense that ranks No. 8 at 19 PPG. The Minnesota Golden Gophers passing attack has averaged 141.85 yards per game, less than the TCU Horned Frogs give up through the air (233 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the TCU Horned Frogs own the league’s No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 121 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 51 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Mississippi didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Horned Frogs as TCU blasted them 42-3 in Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl action.
Last time we saw the Golden Gophers, they had no answer for Marcus Murphy as the Tigers rolled to a 33-17 victory at Florida Citrus Bowl.
- TCU is 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games
- TCU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of TCU’s last 15 games
- TCU is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
TCU home to Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, September 12th
Minnesota at Colorado State, Saturday, September 12th