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TCU vs. West Virginia Game Thread: 3 Things To Watch

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The Frogs and Mountaineers face off, with TCU trying to be the first of the two to win at home against the other (since both joined the Big 12). Meanwhile, West Virginia is still looking for its first Big 12 conference win in 2015, after facing off against the top teams in the conference to begin play (losses at Oklahoma, vs. Oklahoma State, and at Baylor). Not to mention having to travel to Norman, Waco, and Fort Worth in the same year is a pretty ridiculous road schedule.

Trevone Boykin, Heisman-hopeful, comes into the game averaging just over 425 yards and four touchdowns per game. The Mountaineers have the fifth best defense in the Big 12, allowing 400 yards to opposing teams per game. It's a national television matchup, in a blacked-out Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Here are three things to watch:

1) West Virginia's Depleted Secondary

The Mountaineers allow an average of 233 passing yards to opposing teams, and they've already surrendered 12 touchdowns through the air this season. Now, take out Karl Joseph, their All-American free safety, who is lost for the season, along with cornerbacks Terrell Chestnut and Ricky Rumph who won't play tonight, and that secondary is looking pretty depleted.

2) TCU's Pass Defense vs. Skyler Howard

TCU is actually allowing fewer pass yards than West Virginia, and has only allowed six passing touchdowns this season, but West Virginia's offense should test them. Skyler Howard threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns against Baylor. Howard has also thrown for at least one interception in the past four games, so if TCU's defense can force a turnover or two, that will go a long way towards ending this one early.

3) Can The Home Team Win?

Since joining the Big 12, the TCU-West Virginia matchup has seen the road team come away with the win every time. In 2012 TCU converted a 2-point conversion in double overtime to come away with the win. In 2013, West Virginia kicked a field goal in overtime to win 30-27. In 2014 TCU came storming back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win on a Jaden Oberkrom field goal as time expired.

For the Frogs to keep their CFP hopes alive, they'll have to buck that trend tonight.

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