It’s been a while since we published an article on PGi, but boy, are we ever going to make up for lost time! This week, we’re going to run down the betting lines between TCU and Kansas. It’s time to put our gambling skills to the test and see which team is going to win this battle of CFB playoff contenders!
When Does The Game Begin?
You’re probably wondering when the game begins between Kansas and TCU. Well, it actually starts at 8:00 pm Central time on Saturday, December 7th. However, as usual, the kickoff will be at 6:00 pm CST on ABC. The channel mark for the game is going to be shown as Kansas – CFB Playoff.
Where Can I Watch It?
If you’d like to catch the Saturday night game, you’ll have to head over to your local television station, because ABC doesn’t offer any sort of live stream. However, if you’d like to avoid spending the extra money on a TV subscription, you can always catch the game on the ESPN network, which is available to anyone with an internet connection.
Does Team Line Move?
One of the great things about sports betting is how fluid the lines can be. Sometimes they’ll move a little bit from one game to the next, or in this case from Kansas to TCU, so make sure you check the status of any team line before placing a bet. Fortunately, the lines available on PGi have been locked in for the duration of the season, so you won’t have to worry about any slippage.
What About The Spread?
One of the most important factors to consider when betting on sports is the spread. Essentially, the spread is the point-spread that is attached to the game’s over/under. In this case, the over/under on Kansas is 37 points, which translates into a 7.5 point spread. Keep in mind as well that this line moves with the tide of the game. If you’re watching TV, be sure to check ESPN’s live scoring app to follow along with the action as it happens.
What Is The Point-Spread?
The spread can vary from game to game, but it most often refers to the amount of points that are added to or taken from the total score of the game. For example, if the spread is opened up to three points, then whoever wins the toss will receive three points and the other team will have zero points. In cases like this, the point-spread is sometimes referred to as a Tossup. On the other hand, if the spread is 10 points or more, then the team scoring the most points comes away with the win. In cases like this, the point-spread is referred to as a Push. In general, though, a spread of seven points or more is considered a push. You may also come across point-spreads in which case you’ll have to determine if a win is possible, or if the game is a Tossup. In most cases, point-spreads are used to determine the winner of the game and can be a helpful tool for gamblers who aren’t sure they’ll follow the action live on TV. Point-spread information is usually made available around 15 minutes before the kickoff. If you find that the line isn’t updated yet, then it probably means the spread is still moving, or in other words, it’s still unclear who will win the game.
What About The Over/Under?
The over/under is simply the amount of points that are allowed to be scored by either team in the game. This number will change from week to week, but as a general rule of thumb, totals between 28 and 38 points are considered high, anything above 41 points is rather rare, and totals of 44 points or more are considered an absolute slaughter.
How Many Touchdowns Will There Be?
Another important factor to consider when betting on sports is how many points will the team that runs ball last score? From a strategic standpoint, you want to know what is the likelihood that the opponent will pull off one of those brilliant runs where the entire team scores and the ball is just bouncing around in the end zone? In cases like this, it is extremely beneficial to know that the odds of this happening are 3.75 to 1 against. Of course, things change from game to game, but as a general rule of thumb, if you’re going to bet on football, you might as well go all the way!
Which Side Does Chance Mason Give The Game To?
The last thing you want to do if you’re betting on a game is betting against a favorite. After all, if you’re going to lose any money, you might as well lose it on a sure thing. That’s why it’s important to do your research before making any sort of wager. In this case, we know that Kansas is a 4.5 point favorite, so if you’re going to wager at all, then you might as well go all the way and lay the points. Of course, this assumes that you know exactly what kind of quarterback Mason will be facing, which we don’t. Based on the information available, though, we know that Gardner Minshew II is the man under center for the Jayhawks. If you watched last season’s Kansas vs Oklahoma game, then you know what kind of player Minshew is, and considering he threw for 2,817 yards and 27 touchdowns last year, it’s rather hard to believe he’ll have too much trouble controlling the football for his team.
What About The Total?
Sometimes totals are just there for the taking, and in other cases, they can really help you calculate the right answer. In this case, the total is simply the sum of all the points scored by both teams, so we know that the total is going to be somewhere around 70 points. Since the over/under is 37 points, there’s a decent chance that the total could go either way, which makes it ideal for a wager. Of course, this assumes that you know exactly how the game is going to unfold, but when betting on sports, these types of totals can help you make the right call, especially since there’s a lot of variance between weeks. For instance, last year’s Colorado State vs BYU game had a total of 74 points, but since the game ended in a tie, the under was credited. Similarly, this year’s Texas vs Oklahoma game has a projected total of 77 points but could end up being either a low or high-scoring affair, depending on how well Oklahoma and Texas play against each other.
If you’re reading this, then I assume you’re either a fan of the Jayhawks or a fan of the TCU Horned Frogs. Of course, if you’re not sure which team you root for, then the Horns might be a better fit. Regardless, this week’s matchup between Kansas and TCU is certainly going to be a good game and could go either way. While it would be ideal to watch the action live, since that’s probably the only way you’ll be able to watch any football this year anyway, if you happen to miss any of the action, then you can always catch the highlights on ESPN. In most cases, the line will move a little bit throughout the season, so it’s important to check the status of any team line before laying down any cash, especially if you’re going to be following the game closely. As for the rest, if you know exactly what you’re getting into, then it’s all good, but otherwise, it’s probably best to leave well enough alone.