The defense should be good enough to keep TCU in games in 2017, but it’s the offense - led by Kenny Hill? - that can take them over the top and back into title contention.
While the defense must serve as the backbone of TCU's next run at a league title, if it's going to happen in 2017, Kenny Hill has to fill the role of heartbeat. The senior quarterback endured an inconsistent 2016. He was spectacular early, during the comeback against Oklahoma and in Week 10 at Baylor, but Hill too often disappeared as a difference-maker in Big 12 play.
The Frogs don’t lose much, but where they are hit hardest is along the defensive line.
TCU is losing key players, but it also is keeping and adding players who are sure to make an impact. Boesen finished the 2016 season with 29 tackles and six sacks. He can bring that momentum to the field and help lead a young line. Moreover, the addition of Collins, Bethley, Ellis and Tu'au will reinforce TCU -- allowing them the leeway they need. They will be able to rely on the ability from the bench if they need it. The line may be young this season, but TCU’s defense will still be a force to be reckoned with.
The Frogs competed hard in the first half, but couldn’t match Kansas’ talent and intensity down the stretch.
“They seemed to get every loose ball, long rebound and deflection in the second half. That’s where it got away from us,” Dixon said. “I was disappointed by how we played over the last 10 minutes. We let other things affect us. They finished and built on momentum.”
TCU’s position on the bubble becomes more precarious with each mounting loss. But with two of their remaining games at home and a chance for a signature win Saturday, all hope is not lost.
TCU had won three straight before its current skid, which has nearly eliminated the Horned Frogs from the NCAA Tournament bubble. "We can't hide from it. We're a bubble team that's lost four in a row," Dixon said. "We played ourselves onto the bubble and now we're here."