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December 13, 2018

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Vegas Play of the Day: TCU at Texas

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AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, right, passes as Southern California defensive tackle Rasheem Green defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles.

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.

Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.

Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.

Texas plus-3 vs. TCU: $440 to win $400

TCU and Texas played in primetime games concurrently last Saturday night. In an odd twist, that scheduling has led to value in their showdown this Saturday.

Everyone watched TCU light it up but ultimately fall short in a 40-28 loss to Ohio State as 12.5-point favorites. Far fewer caught Texas igniting in the second half against USC to cruise to a 37-14 win as 3-point favorites.

Both were equally impressive, leaving no reason for a home team in a matchup between the two teams to be getting points. This looks like a great spot for the Longhorns.

There’s never been any question that they have more talent than the Horned Frogs; it was only a question on if the Longhorns would ever figure out how to use it. It looked like they figured it out against USC.

Texas comes into the TCU riding high off the win, while TCU is emotionally drained after throwing everything it could at a College Football Playoff favorite and still falling short. Additionally, Texas coach Tom Herman might be the best underdog bet in the nation.

Bookmakers are being too generous making Texas the underdog. The Longhorns are the play here.

 

Current Standings: Current Standings: Keefer (11-8, $10,511), Grimala (7-3, $9,950), Granger (4-3, $8,825), Brewer (4-8, $6,540)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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