TCU vs Texas
When: Thursday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
TCU had a promising season going on before the injuries and rehab hit the team hard. The Horned Frogs were (4-0) before they lost starting quarterback Casey Pachall to substance abuse. They’ve only registered two more victories in the last six weeks of Big 12 play. The good news is that TCU got those victories on the road. Even with all the new starters TCU is battle tested and ready to get a big victory to secure a winning season.
Texas is on a four game winning streak and they survived the “sky is falling” mentality that was surrounding the program during the losing streak. They have a chance to finish with six straight victories and atop the Big 12 with help from other games. They must avoid this trap game against a young, but talented TCU squad.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin has had his ups and downs during his first season. In six games he has thrown for 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Trevone is due to have another breakout game against the Longhorns on Thursday. Every other game he has been dynamite in the Big 12 and Texas is vulnerable in their pass defense. He must use Josh Boyce early and often to offset the pass rush by the Longhorns.
The TCU defense played well against Kansas State two weeks ago, but they haven’t been as consistent during Big 12 play. They’ve given up big numbers to many teams throughout the season. The Horned Frogs haven’t given up less than 21 points since September. They’ll have to do better against the passing game on Second down. Texas will try to establish the run, but TCU should be up for the task early in the game. If they can get a couple turnovers, the whole team’s confidence can grow.
Since the Oklahoma debacle, the team has been playing much better. They did have a setback against Kansas, but they found away to win while struggling. David Ash has responded the last two weeks with some very good games. Texas will use the running game to soften up the front seven of the TCU defense. Although they’ll be able to move the ball through the air, The Longhorns need to establish a positive running game on Thursday. If they get to 180 yards or more in the run game, they should be able to win at home.
The defense has also played much better in the last few weeks. They’ve overcome some demons and turned around what was becoming a sad situation. Their work is not done as of yet, and they need to continue to build on their progress. They’ll be able to pressure the young quarterback into mistakes if they keep TCU in difficult down and distances. TCU will want to be productive in the running game. That’s where Texas will win or lose this game.
If Texas isn’t too proud of their turnaround, they should be able to handle success. If not, they’ll be in for a long night against the Horned Frogs. TCU had over a week to prepare for this game and they will be ready with some new wrinkles for Texas. Texas wins an entertaining game at home.
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