TCU Quarterback Michael Collins is undoubtedly going to have to get the ball to his playmakers Saturday:
Collins has found wide receiver Jalen Reagor -- who posted a season-high 177 receiving yards at Kansas on Oct. 27 -- in each of the past three games, so look for him to target the former Waxahachie High School product plenty of times at Mountaineer field, barring sloppy conditions that could limit passing numbers for both teams.
Our friends over at Smoking Musket think TCU’s offense and defense will keep it a low scoring game:
Despite the overall record of TCU, Gary Patterson still has a solid defense. Texas scored 31 points against the Horned Frogs in a game that was still one score until midway through the fourth quarter. Texas intercepted the ball and nearly ran it in, otherwise, the Horned Frogs would have held five of their last six opponents under thirty points. Oklahoma finally overwhelmed the Frogs but Patterson held Texas Tech and Iowa State under 20 points.
Injuries suck for the team. Doubly so for the student-athletes:
TCU has seen 20 season-ending injuries and 36 players have missed playing time.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been down seven safeties in a three-safety system,” Patterson said. “Freshmen say they want to play, so here we go.”
The offense will come around, but it seems the defensive scheme may already have been decided for the rest of the season:
As stated, the zone defense didn’t do too well for the Frogs on Wednesday. Dixon realized that immediately.
“We’re going to be a man-to-man defensive team,” Dixon said. “We’re going to get better with that and that’s going to be our calling card. We’re going to keep working on it.”
That’s music to these ears. Yours truly typically puts “gimmicky” and “zone defense” in the same sentence.