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Keys to the Game: TCU vs. Texas

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TCU and Texas renew an old rivalry on Thursday night as the Frogs head to Austin for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Longhorns. It should be an electric atmosphere and if the Frogs want to get the bad taste of losing out of their mouth, they should follow these Keys to the Game.

Make Texas One Dimensional: The Longhorns have a nice running back combo of Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron who have rushed for a combined 19 touchdowns this season. The Frogs need to contain the run and force David Ash to beat them with his arm.

Offensive Creativity: I have been preaching it since the Kansas State game but TCU must have more creativity to their offense this week. The Frogs have to find a way to get the ball into the hands of their playmaking wide receivers.

Protect Trevone Boykin: The offensive line has been extremely questionable all season and has allowed 10 sacks in the last three games. TCU must find some way to protect Trevone Boykin and give him time to survey the field and make his reads.

Turnovers: It is a common theme this season but I cannot stress it enough. TCU must protect the football and cause at least one of their own, two or more would be ideal. The main thing is the Frogs cannot give Texas extra possessions or a short field.

Unleash the Hounds: Have Devonte Fields and Stansly Maponga pin their ears back and get after David Ash all night. Do not let him feel comfortable in the pocket.

It is going to be a wild Thanksgiving night. I am not going to be shocked if the Frogs win and I certainly won’t be shocked if they lose. TCU will keep the game close, but will they make the plays needed to win the game? We will have to wait and see.