clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns GameThread and 3 Things To Watch For

The Frogs look to improve to 5-0 on the season while dropping the Longhorns to 1-4 on the season.

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

TCU has a chance to win consecutive games against Texas for the first time in a long, long time, and they have the offense to do it. That doesn't mean it's a given, though, as Texas has shown that they have just enough to stay in games until their special teams units inevitably blow it for them late.

Here are three things to keep your eye on as the Frogs take on the Longhorns today.

1. Can Tuaua get pressure?

Mike Tuaua is back after all the charges of assault and robbery against him were dropped on Friday. Now that he's back on the field, he'll be expected to help improve a pass rush that has been relatively nonexistent in the past few games. Tuaua, along with a healthy(er) Davion Pierson will need to break through Texas' struggling offensive line and get pressure on Jerod Heard to throw off Texas' offense.

2. Doctson vs. young corners

At his weekly press conference Patterson suggested that the Texas defense was the most athletic squad TCU will have faced at this point in the season. That's not untrue but it's also worth noting that Texas' secondary is very young. Holton Hill is a very gifted kid, but he doesn't have the experience necessary to keep up with Doctson.

3. Will the special teams play a role?

Special teams miscues have helped Texas cruise to their 1-3 record to start the season, and while eliminating those miscues would not necessarily make the Horns 3-1, they would have extended the game and given them a chance. Meanwhile, Jaden Oberkrom had a field goal blocked against Texas Tech, and he missed a gimme. If the game is close going into the fourth quarter expect everyone's blood pressure to rise when the ST units trot out on to the field.