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TCU News: Horned Frogs, Buckeyes confident as ranked matchup approaches

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Ohio State believes they have the better team, but, at least on Saturday, TCU has the coaching advantage.

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Football:

SCOUTING REPORT: TCU LED BY EXPLOSIVE OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS, DISRUPTIVE DEFENSIVE FRONT | Eleven Warriors

Talent, on paper, sure... but the Horned Frogs will be as well prepared as any team the Buckeyes face this year.

TCU is clearly more talented than either Oregon State or Rutgers, and should give the Buckeyes their toughest of the year to date in all three phases of the game: Offense, defense and special teams.

Still, the Horned Frogs’ overall talent doesn’t quite stack up with the Buckeyes, and there isn’t any one position where TCU has a clear edge over Ohio State.

If Ohio State’s talent plays up to its ability on Saturday, the Buckeyes should be victorious in AT&T Stadium once again. Should the Buckeyes fail to bring their A-game to Dallas, however, Gary Patterson’s squad is talented enough to push for an upset.

TCU going into Ohio State week ‘stoked’ and ‘confident’ | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs won’t be cocky, especially as 13.5 underdogs, but they believe they’ll be prepared.

“Confident is a good word,” Dunham said, “But I would just say more we have to go into the week and get prepared. When we go in Saturday I want to say, ‘I’m going into Ohio State prepared versus confident.’”

Coach Gary Patterson and his staff will have the team prepared. They’ve been through this before.

“We’ve got quite a task, quite a task next week,” Patterson said. “But you know what? We’ve been the underdog before, so this is not going to be our first rodeo.”

Ohio State a 14-point favorite vs. TCU: Buckeyes football news | Cleveland.com

So, Vegas doesn’t believe in the Frogs...

Ohio State opened as a 12.5-point favorite for its Week 3 game vs. TCU on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, according to VegasInsider.com. But 15 minutes later, the line changed to 14.

The Buckeyes are 2-0 against the spread this season, including covering against Rutgers in Week 2 with a 52-3 win.

On the other side, the Horned Frogs are 1-1 in the spread after failing to cover a 49.5-point spread in a 55-7 win vs. Southern in Week 1.

Basketball:

TCU, Jamie Dixon add two four-star commitments | 247

Dixon had a great weekend.

The weekend got off to a great start when Fuller, a senior at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, verbally committed late Saturday night during his official visit to campus. At No. 59 overall in the 247Sports Composite, Fuller is the second highest rated ever recruit to commit to TCU.

”Fuller is a slight guard with good size and decent length – he has a +3 wingspan - who can really score,” 247Sport analyst Josh Gershon wrote in a recent evaluation about him. “The four-star prospect has an aggressive approach to the offensive side of the ball and is most efficient as a slasher.”

Soccer:

TCU soccer waits out rain delay, wins 2-0 | TCU 360

The team has yet to lose this season.

The score remained 1-0 until the 71st minute when Maddy Warren found some space outside the box and fired a long-range shot past the Arkansas-Little Rock goalkeeper.

The match finished 2-0 as the Horned Frogs recorded their sixth win and sixth shutout of the year. TCU has only given up two goals all season, and both were in the draw against SMU.

The team returns to action Thursday against Santa Clara, who is currently ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m.