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Horned Frog Insider Staff Picks: TCU vs. West Virginia

The Horned Frog Insider staff makes their predictions for TCU's Thursday night matchup against West Virginia

Brad Hardcastle: All three matchups between the Horned Frogs and Mountaineers since both joined the Big 12 in 2012 have come down to the wire – I don't expect this game to be any different. Even though WVU lost its leader on defense, Karl Joeseph, it will be the best defense TCU has faced since the team traveled to Minnesota. With that said, this is a home game, and I don't think WVU's offense will able to keep up with Trevone Boykin and company. However, this game should still be close, unless the defense is able to string together four solid quarters for the first time since the Frogs played the Longhorns at home. Prediction: TCU 45, WVU 38 

Mike Garland: If past meetings are any indication, this one will be a good one. The last three times these two schools met while in the Big 12 the game was decided by the final play. Ordinarily I'd say this one had the makings of upset written all over but with it being a Thursday night game, and "Black Out" night as well I'll go with the Frogs -- BUT it won't come easy. Predicition: TCU 31, WVU 24  

Mitchell Stehly: It should be an electric atmosphere in Fort Worth on a Thursday night. I am expecting a close game at the half just as we have seen multiple times this year, but I expect TCU to pull away in the second half. I'm looking for Kyle Hicks to get more touches in this one. He has fresh legs and way too much talent to stay on the sidelines. 

Final Score prediction: TCU-48 WVU-33

J.D. Moore: This is a classic case of the heart and mind fighting against the gut on how this game goes. The heart and mind says that after a bye week to calibrate, TCU's defense feasts on a weak Skyler Howard as the Frogs' offense dominates again, giving TCU a big win. However, the gut says this is the fourth straight nailbiter, and special teams have to determine the game in overtime. At the start of the season, I had West Virginia circled as TCU's upset this season, but without Karl Joseph, Terrell Chestnut and Ricky Rump, there shouldn't be any reason TCU's passing game falters. TCU will win, but get pushed by West Virginia's rushing attack and special teams. The final score is 37-24, Frogs.

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