Staff picks: TCU vs. Texas

Texas 31, TCU 24

Texas has won the last four but as Mack Brown says, they only matter if you lose them. Nobody looks back after the fact and says that any of these games were big games even though I thought going on the road to Lubbock and winning was huge. Texas is a better football team, we can start with that. This is a game that will rely heavily on the brain trust of Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite as the offense will have to do everything they can to keep the TCU defense on its heels. The Texas defense will have to manage with the speed position players for the Horned Frogs but will play its most complete game as a defense to help get the win. Texas will win but I still think this game is fairly close.

- Sean Adams

Texas 35, TCU 31

Awful tempting to take TCU by three points here, especially since we're all forgetting Texas has no confidence in its placekicking right now. But just as the bye week likely helped TCU craft an offensive gameplan to attack Texas' weak spots, I think a week off will do UT's defense some good. In a game that should be close for all four quarters, this one comes down to the inexperience of Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin. A turnover or two from him swings this ballgame in the Longhorns' favor.

- Max Olson

Texas 34, TCU 21

The Longhorns should have the edge in the trenches on both sides of the ball and will use that advantage to bring a balanced offensive attack. TCU does have a strong run defense (seventh in FBS), but Texas has been deadly with the play action pass lately and the Horned Frogs do not have a match for wide receiver Mike Davis.

- Carter Strickland

Texas 34, TCU 23

The Longhorns will do what they have to do on Thanksgiving to assure that their chances of playing in a BCS bowl are still intact heading into the Kansas State game. TCU is a formidable foe who will bring the Big 12's top rushing defense with it to Austin (106 yards per game). But I still think Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron and, yes, even Malcolm Brown will find a way to eclipse Texas' average of 164.4 rushing yards per game. Trevone Boykin will keep the Longhorns honest with his running abilities, but will try to stay in teh pocket more due to his sore shoulder suffered in the Kansas State game. He'll try and force one too many throws, though, which will swing momentum into Texas favor and seal TCU's fate.

- William Wilkerson