The California Golden Bears will travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium late Saturday afternoon to take on the TCU Horned Frogs in a non-conference matchup. The Golden Bears opened their season with a home loss against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Senior quarterback Chase Garbers had a decent game as he finished 25-of-38 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Horned Frogs are coming off an impressive victory over the Duquesne Dukes 45-3 where junior quarterback Max Duggan went 14-of-19 for 207 yards with a touchdown and an interception of his own.
These teams could really be good programs this season as they have good quarterbacks and a nice defensive unit from both sidelines. This game will be interesting so let’s take a closer look into where we should be betting here.
Give A Little MooreThe California Golden Bears need a solid running game if they want to be a good offensive team this season and that will fall on the shoulders of sophomore Damien Moore. He finished the opening game of the season with 15 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown on the ground while picking up three catches for 16 yards in the air. The focus for Moore should be to get at least 100 scrimmage yards as if he can do that, the offense will be moving the chains and sustaining long drives.
The California Golden Bears defense had a decent showing in their opening game against Nevada as they allowed 22 points on 373 total yards (312 passing, 61 rushing). A key number is if they were able to get the opposing offense off the field on third down and the Wolf Pack went 6-for-16 on third down and converted their only fourth-down attempt. They did force an interception in their first game so this team can be a little disruptive with their secondary. If they can continue to improve, it will really help this defense take that next step here.
Seniority MattersThe TCU Horned Frogs have to get the ball down the field and be able to threaten some big plays. Senior wide receiver Derius Davis has been able to do so as he finished against Duquesne with a pair of catches for 57 yards. He hasn’t been targeted much throughout his college career as his season-high in catches is 15, but being able to be a deep threat is critical. If Duggan can figure out how to push the ball downfield and get it to Davis, it will do wonders for the offense.
The TCU Horned Frogs took advantage of a weaker Duquesne Dukes offense as they gave up three points and forced the Dukes to be 3-of-11 on third down and failing to convert on their only fourth-down attempt. They were shutting down everything as Duquesne had a total of six first downs and allowed 137 total yards (76 passing, 61 rushing). Their defense showed the ability to force turnovers as they picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. If they can use this momentum to step up here, they will be in a great spot this season.
- TCU: 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite
- TCU: 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games
- California: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 September games
- California: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference