In his 16 seasons as the coach of the TCU Horned Frogs, Gary Patterson has experienced just three losing seasons. One of those was last year when the Frogs lost their bowl game to finish at 6-7. None of those losing campaigns came in back-to-back years, so it isn’t out of the question to think TCU can turn things around in 2017. They aren’t considered a contender entering the season and that’s just how Patterson likes it. He has an experienced group with a number of players who were on the teams that went 23-3 over the previous two campaigns.
When you think of the TCU Horned Frogs, you immediately think defense. That has everything to do with Gary Patterson being a defensive-minded coach. However, that side of the ball has regressed terribly each of the last three seasons with big plays routinely being surrendered. If the Horny Toads are to once again become a viable threat to win the Big 12 and flirt with the College Football Playoff, the 2018 team is going to need to get back to playing frenetic defense.
With back-to-back 10+ win seasons in tow, TCU is once again being looked upon as a possible contender for the conference title. That said, a number of teams are in consideration with half of the 10 teams offering up less than a 10-1 return to pull off the feat. The Horned Frogs check in at +780 ahead of Oklahoma State and behind West Virginia. However, they own a 7.5 game season win total while the Cowboys check in at 8 and the Mountaineers at 7. Say what?
This is a team that placed second in the Big 12 standings last season, but proved it was nowhere on the same level as the eventual champion Oklahoma Sooners who rubbed their noses in it evidenced by a pair of thrashings. The team looks to have a formidable defense back in tow, but there’s a ton of question marks offensively. Even so, the talent level is there for TCU to once again be a player provided everything falls into place.
If the Horned Frogs are to better last year’s offensive stats that saw them finish with the nation’s No. 45 ranked overall offense and No. 29 ranked scoring offense, Shawn Robinson is going to need to quickly evolve into a confident quarterback. We know the kid can run with the ball evidenced by his 6.9 yard per carry average on 23 carries in limited work, but can he sling the rock effectively all over the field? The sophomore gets a talented crop of receivers to get the ball to, as well as one of the program’s highest rated running back backfields.
For it all to come together, the retooled offensive line must adapt and gel quickly. The unit is a work in progress heading into the regular season with left guard Cordel Iwuagwu the only holdover from last season’s fine unit.
With Ty Summers taking over Travin Howard’s spot in the linebacker corps, the defense looks to be in good shape. Especially with defensive tackles Ross Blacklock, Corey Bethley and Ben Banogu returning up front. The main problem lies in the secondary where a pair of stud cover-men Ranthony Texada and Nick Orr are gone. Still, if you think Patterson and his coaching staff won’t field a competent stop unit come season’s end, I got some awesome land for a vacation spot to sell you in Antarctica!
TCU is going to be tested mightily right out of the gate. The trip to SMU could be troublesome with Ohio State on deck, and hosting the Texas Longhorns after that won’t be a walk in the park either. Then there’s Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma at home before getting a breather at Kansas. After that, they got K-State, at West Virginia, at Baylor, and then back home against Oklahoma State.
Even so, the season win total for this club is absurdly low. They only leave the state of Texas twice and get half their games in the comforts of Fort Worth. As wide open the Big 12 is this season, the Horned Frogs have just as good a shot at winning it as anyone else. I’d definitely look to add some TCU Big 12 futures, national championship futures ( 135-1 ) and the over on their season win total to your 2018 CFB betting portfolio.
Week 1: Southern at TCU, Saturday, September 1, 12 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: TCU at SMU, Friday, September 7, 8 p.m. ET – ESPN2
Week 3: TCU vs. Ohio State, Saturday, September 15, 8 p.m. ET – ABC
Week 4: TCU at Texas, Saturday, September 22
Week 5: Iowa State at TCU, Saturday, September 29
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: Texas vs. Oklahoma, Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 8: Oklahoma at TCU, Saturday, October 20
Week 9: TCU at Kansas, Saturday, October 27
Week 10: Kansas State at TCU, Saturday, November 3
Week 11: TCU at West Virginia, Saturday, November 10
Week 12: TCU at Baylor, Saturday, November 17
Week 13: Oklahoma State at TCU, Saturday, November 24
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