College Football Week 4 Match Ups: TCU Set As Big Favorite Over SMU
September 24th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

A Friday night college football match up takes place when No.4 TCU visits SMU in a Texas showdown.  Horned Frogs’ quarterback Andrew Dalton knows that his teams has to keeping winning, and win impressively if they are to make a return trip to a BCS Bowl game.

Dalton led the Horned Frogs to an undefeated regular season a year ago, as TCU earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.  Through the first two weeks of this season, the Horned Frogs have won convincingly, which includes a 45-10 throttling of Baylor last week.  Dalton is the active leader in wins for all Division I quarterbacks this year, with 32.  TCU has the benefit of an experienced quarterback who is capable of making all  the throws, and good at protecting the ball.

Against Baylor, Dalton completed 21 of 23 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, a 91 percent completion percentage.  TCU recorded touchdowns on their first five drives of the game.

“I think you’ve got to give Andy a lot of credit for the way that the offense has been performing,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “That’s what a senior quarterback is supposed to do.”

TCU comes into this match up with SMU as winner’s of 17 of the last 18 games.  The lone loss coming at the hands of Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Running back Ed Wesley and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley both shined in the game against Baylor.  While Wesley came into the year as a big part of the Horned Frog offense, Kerley has flown under that radar.  That, was until he caught two touchdown passes last week.

“He’s such an explosive player. We draw things up to get him the ball, and put him in position where he can go make aplay,” Dalton remarked of his wide receiver Kerley. “That’s one of the things we talked about, and we were able to do it.”

On the other side of the ball, SMU is coming off of a victory over Washington State of the Pac 10, 35-21.  The win marked the end of a 17-game losing-streak the Mustangs had against teams from a BCS conference.

Quarterback Kyle Pardon threw for four touchdowns and 280 yards and spearheaded a furious second-half with 21 unanswered points.

“I thought Kyle did a lot of good things,” head coach June Jones said. “He did what he was supposed to do and in key situations made key throws.”

In this game against the Horned Frogs, Pardon will have to be careful with the ball and piggyback off of his performance against Washington State to bring him confidence.  SMU is a heavy underdog in this one, and the last thing that the Mustangs want to do is turn the ball over and make it easier on TCU.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Lines have set the Horned Frogs as a 17.5-point favorite in this match up, with the over/under sitting at 54.5 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

TCU is 6-2 ATS in their last eight match ups on a Friday.

SMU is 4-0 ATS in their last four game as an underdog.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Over is 6-2 in TCU’s last eight games.  The Over is 6-2 in the Horned Frogs last eight games as a favorite.

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