TCU vs Baylor: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online

Baylor hosts No. 4 TCU in a rivalry matchup Saturday with the goal of keeping its hopes alive for a College Football Playoff berth. The Frogs handled Texas 17-10 last week as TCU’s defense held Steve Sarkisian’s offense to fewer than 200 yards of offense for the first time since 2012 while not allowing a touchdown.

Baylor followed encouraging performances against Texas Tech and Oklahoma by flopping in a 31-3 loss at Kansas State. Quarterback Blake Shapen threw a pair of interceptions as the Bears’ defense allowed 196 yards and three touchdowns to backup quarterback Will Howard. Baylor is one loss away from being officially eliminated from Big 12 Championship Game consideration.

The rivalry between Baylor and TCU dates back to 117 games in 1899, perhaps making it the marquee rivalry game of the new Big 12. The series has become especially competitive over the past decade since TCU joined the conference with seven of 10 games decided by 10 points or less. However, the Frogs have a 7-3 edge, including a 30-28 upset win in 2021.

TCU vs. Baylor: I need to know

Revenge Point: A year ago, Baylor was the team in control of the Big 12’s destiny and had a legitimate shot at the College Football Playoff. However, the 5-7 Horned Frogs were in no mood to lie down. The week after firing coach Gary Patterson, TCU played the game of its life to shock the Bears 30-28 and keep them out of the CFP. Baylor would love nothing more than to return the favor and ruin the Frogs’ dream season in Waco.

Explosive weapons: TCU has transformed itself into a CFP contender by taking full advantage of its skill-set potential. Quentin Johnston’s numbers don’t jump off the page, but the youngster has been a nightmare and the engine of this team. Quarterback Max Duggan stepped up his game as well, hauling in 29 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Kendre Miller was perhaps the biggest star, however, with 1,147 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Miller ran circles around Texas’ Bijan Robinson in the 17-10 victory with a 75-yard score. TCU is a scoring threat whenever it touches the ball.

Pace Battle: TCU and Baylor have nearly opposite offensive philosophies, and whichever team can stick to its own schedule will emerge victorious. The Frogs are highly explosive and prefer to bomb away and keep defenses on their toes. Baylor, by contrast, is willing to slow the game down and play at its own pace behind a highly efficient running game. Expect the Bears to try to string together long possessions to force TCU out of rhythm. Whichever team plays their own rhythm will dominate.

How to watch TCU vs. Baylor live

Date: Saturday, November 19 | year: 12 pm. ET
Location: McLane Stadium — Waco, Texas
TV: Fox | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try Free)

TCU vs. Baylor prediction, picks

Selected game | Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs

The Bears were picked to win the Big 12 and have displayed the talent level required to beat even elite teams. However, TCU will not pass up this opportunity against a hated opponent. The Horned Frogs edged Baylor by just one game to win in Waco and keep their perfect season alive. Prediction: TCU -2.5

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