It’s going to be a hot one Saturday in Fort Worth, as temperatures are slated for near 100 degrees for the 2:30 kick. The Frogs are favorite big, and hope to make quick work of the Ponies and rest up for OSU.
Who’s favored: TCU by 18.5.
What’s this about: TCU is trying to finish its non-conference schedule unbeaten heading into next week’s Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State. But first, the Frogs must face the best quarterback and offense they have seen in the young season. Quarterback Ben Hicks and receiver Courtland Sutton will test a TCU defense that has allowed 333 yards and seven points total in the first two games. Next week won’t get easier with OSU’s Mason Rudolph and James Washington.
Can the Frogs truly be a contender in the Big 12? They play great defense. They run the ball. They have the conference’s best coach. So... yeah?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, defense wins championships. Having a strong offense is great, putting up 40 plus points a game is fun.
However, it’s a strong defense that wins championships. The Frogs have a strong, noteworthy defense. That much is obvious so far this season. That, coupled with a strong enough showing by their offense namely Kenny Hill- could spell a strong season for TCU.
A pair of big road wins for two of the top teams in the conference - though OU’s will get the bulk of the attention, rightfully, the Frogs made a statement as well.
The Horned Frogs showed plenty of physicality on the field in their win over the Razorbacks.
In the most telling statistic from the game, TCU won the time of possession 33:52 to 26:08 and stole valuable offensive possessions away from Arkansas.
On the other side of the football, the Horned Frogs defense played stout by yielding only 267 yards of total offense — one week after giving up 65 total yards in a 63-0 win over Jackson State.
Over the last two games, No. 20 TCU has allowed seven points and 332 yards.
Well, some seem to think TCU’s was the best win of a jam-packed Saturday.
TCU (+12): Arguably the most impressive win of the week was TCU going into Arkansas and being the more physical team against the Hogs, dominating in the trenches and moving the ball on the ground.