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Big 12 football: Take West Virginia over TCU in battle of disappointing newbies

by Berry Tramel Published: November 1, 2013

West Virginia came into the Big 12 last season as the preseason choice to win the league. The Mountaineers tanked, falling to 4-5 in conference and 7-6 overall.

TCU into its second Big 12 season picked third, but with more first-place votes than all but OSU. The Horned Frogs now stand tied for seventh, at 1-4. With West Virginia.

The new Big 12 members have not played up to their billing, and now both are 3-5 overall.

But West Virginia has played the tougher schedule – the Mountaineers haven't drawn Kansas or Iowa State yet. TCU is a 13-point favorite over West Virginia for their game Saturday in Fort Worth. But the Frogs might not score 13 points. Go with the Mountaineers in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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