TCU football projected as slight underdogs to Texas, per SB Nation

TCU football enters 2018 with high hopes it can reload for another Big 12 Championship run.

Texas might get in the way of the Frogs’ title campaign, however, according to SB Nation’s Bill Connelly.

From SB Nation:

Going strictly on S&P+, though, TCU’s going to have as good a chance as anyone of getting to the title game. And the schedule is as favorable as you can get — the Frogs get five home games to only four road games, two of which are at KU and Baylor. They are projected favorites in seven of nine league games and are the tiniest of projected underdogs (0.7 points) at Texas. (Here’s where TCU fans point out that the Frogs have pummeled the Horns for four straight years.)

If Robinson is ready, TCU will be, too. And that could make Ohio State’s week three Metroplex visit awfully interesting.

Yes, TCU has four-consecutive wins vs. Texas by an average margin of 30 points. TCU has a 48-percent win probability against Texas, however, and projected to lose a close game to Texas.

Now, a Longhorns win over the Frogs would be huge for coach Tom Herman. The Longhorns didn’t look amazing in 2017, but Herman seems to have a better hold on things than Charlie Strong did.

Beating TCU will still be a tall order for the struggling program, because while the Frogs’ 2018 outlook is somewhat tough to gauge, it certainly isn’t bleak.

The team is projected to win 7.5 games, per SB Nation.

The biggest tests for the Frogs will be against Ohio State, Oklahoma and likely Texas if the Horns take a step in the right direction.

Early wins over Ohio State and Texas could set up TCU for a strong 2018 run, but finding younger players to fill in key holes is the first step for coach Gary Patterson.

Visit SBNation.com for Connelly’s full 2018 season preview of the Frogs. It’s as in-depth of a look as you’ll find on the upcoming college football season.

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