TCU has never lost a home game when ranked in the AP Top 10 under head coach Gary Patterson, and one group of experts doesn’t expect that to change on Saturday.
Sports Illustrated’s expert panel unanimously picked No. 8 TCU to defeat No. 23 West Virginia in the Week 6 showdown between the Horned Frogs and Mountaineers.
Eric Single – one of the experts – wrote that TCU’s running game will be too much for the West Virginia defense to handle. The Mountaineers surrendered 367 rushing yards in their most recent game against Kansas – which does not bode well for West Virginia considering the Horned Frogs boast multiple threats in the backfield.
TCU running back Darius Anderson has rushed for 422 yards and 6 touchdowns through 4 games, averaging an impressive average of 6.2 yards per carry. Veteran running back Kyle Hicks – who is expected to be available for TCU on Saturday – has also posted 128 rushing yards through the two games he’s played in this season.
TCU (4-0), owns a 3-2 edge over West Virginia (3-1) since both schools joined the Big 12 Conference in time for the 2012 season.
The first three games between the two were decided by a combined six-points, all of which were won on the final play of the game. The past two meetings took a turn, however, as the Horned Frogs defeated the Mountaineers 40-10 in 2015 before West Virginia returned the favor with 34-10 victory over TCU in 2016.
Kickoff for the TCU-West Virginia game on Oct. 7 is set for 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on FS1. ESPN College GameDay will additionally broadcast live from TCU’s campus from 8-11 a.m. CT ahead of the game.