According to senior defensive end James McFarland, the Frogs aren’t taking the Jayhawks lightly this year.
“Any time we play Kansas, they always give us a good game,” TCU defensive end James McFarland said. “We know what to expect. We’ve got to be ready for it.”TCU Hopes For Easier Time With Lowly Kansas This Year
One of the most frustrating aspects of the Frogs’ slow start this season has been penalties and turnovers, especially along the offensive line. That will need to change if TCU wants to rip off a few wins.
“For two years, and for many years here, we learned how to win close games,” Patterson said. “And now we’ve found a way to lose two games. Like the final drive of the game. We get illegal procedure, and it’s first-and-15, for heaven’s sake. Not happy.”
I’m not sure that I agree with the assertion that Kyle Hicks was shut down by Oklahoma - except by the play calling - but the rest of this prediction is spot on.
TCU is in the middle of readjusting their season expectations. After hopes the Frogs could be a surprise Playoff contender, two early losses have forced Gary Patterson and his squad to shift the focus to a Big 12 championship, which is still very much in play. A win against Kansas could get TCU back on track heading into a bye week before a road trip to undefeated West Virginia.
I for one, am still incredibly bitter.
Back in 2010, there was of course no College Football Playoff. Cam Newton and No. 1 Auburn defeated No. 2 Oregon in the BCS championship, but unbeaten TCU didn't have an opportunity to play for the title. TCU, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, finished a perfect 13-0 season by defeating then-No. 4 Wisconsinin the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs were ranked No. 3 in the final AP poll, receiving three No. 1 votes.
The Frogs have gotten off to a strong start this season, and Big 12 opponents are taking notice of their strong front line.
TCU is very talented when it comes to front hitters.
Horned Frog senior outside hitter Jillian Bergeson and senior middle blocker Regan McGuire both have 128 kills per set, which is just more than two on average per set. Another player to watch in the front is senior opposite hitter Sarita Mikals, who has 125 kills this season.