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TCU Horned Frogs (-16.5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers
PickCenter consensus pick: 75 of public taking TCU
9 p.m., ESPN
• As of late Wednesday afternoon, 17 times more money had been wagered on TCU than Minnesota at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology, according to vice president on race and sports Jason Simbal. The betting was more evenly distributed at the Westgate SuperBook, but still slanted to the Horned Frogs. Four times more money had been bet on TCU than Minnesota as of Wednesday evening, according to SuperBook manager Randy Blum.
• The line climbed to as high as TCU -17 on Wednesday. It had been sitting at -14.5 for more than a week, after opening at -16.
• TCU has 14 players considered 2016 NFL draft prospects by ESPN's Todd McShay, the second most in the nation; Minnesota has 8.
• Senior Trevone Boykin, one of the nation's elite players, gives TCU a significant advantage at quarterback.
• Redshirt junior Mitch Leidner returns for his second season at Minnesota's starting quarterback. A better runner than passer, Leidner completed only 51.5 percent of his attempts last season, the lowest percentage of any Big Ten QB (min. 200 attempts). His worst performance of the season came at TCU (12 of 26, 151 yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions).
• TCU was a 17.5-point home favorite in last season's 30-7 win over Minnesota in Week 3. The Horned Frogs led 30-0 after three quarters, outgained the Gophers 427-268 and forced five turnovers. Minnesota's defense did not record a sack and had only one quarterback hurry against TCU last season.
• Eleven TCU starters (eight offense, three defense) from last year's rout of Minnesota are back.
• Minnesota is 6-1 ATS as a double-digit home underdog under coach Jerry Kill.
• Kill is 51-37 ATS overall, 27-17 ATS at home and 26-19 ATS as an underdog, including 9-5 ATS as a home underdog in his four seasons with the Gophers.
• TCU coach Gary Patterson is 92-79 ATS overall, 41-40 ATS on the road and 68-63 ATS as a favorite.
• Kill is 5-2 ATS in season openers. Patterson is 8-5 ATS in season openers.
• TCU is 28-2 straight-up in its last 30 games as a double-digit favorite.
• TCU is not expected to be 100 percent, with as many as seven players battling injuries, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
• Weather does not look like it will be a factor.
• TCU ran 80.2 plays per game last season, while Minnesota was much more methodical at 67.8 plays per game.