The fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs and 18th-ranked Texas Longhorns are set to do battle in Austin on Saturday evening with Big 12 title and College Football Playoff implications in tow.
Despite being a top-four team, the Horned Frogs will enter this game an underdog, and a big one at that. In fact, Texas is favored by a record margin in this game, given the circumstances.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, going back to 1978’s FBS/FCS split there have been no instances of a top-five team being more than a 6.5-point underdog against a team outside of the top 10. TCU is currently +7.
This is a huge weekend for both team, as there is plenty on line in this game. A Texas win would get the Longhorns one step closer to a Big 12 Championship appearance and keep them in at least a share of second place. Texas is also set to have nearly 30 highly-ranked recruits at this game, and a win over undefeated TCU would surely leave a lasting impression on potential future Longhorns.
For TCU a win would ensure them a spot in the Big 12 Championship and get them one step closer to a College Football Playoff appearance. As unfair as it might be, it appears that the Horned Frogs only chance of making the playoff is running the table, as Tennessee and Oregon are right on their tail with one loss a piece.
Kickoff is set fo 6:30 p.m. CT and will air on ABC.