The Frogs are on the bubble, and they’ll need to take care of business in their final five games to ensure they get into the NCAA Tournament.
If TCU can go 3-2 down the stretch, it would finish 8-10 in the conference. None of the outcomes appear like slam dunks except for the finale against the No. 7 Red Raiders in Lubbock on March 3. Texas Tech handled the Frogs 83-71 in Fort Worth on Feb. 3 and has won five in a row.
TCU’s other four games are winnable, but in the Big 12, they are also completely losable. Last-place Iowa State is always tough at home and the Cyclones have already beaten Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech in Ames, Iowa.
With the return of Darius Anderson, Sewo Olonilua, and Kenedy Snell, the Frogs look to have a more-than-capable three-headed monster in the backfield, punctuated by elite speed (Snell), brute force (Olonilua), and a swiss army knife (Anderson).
This group of backs could prove to be surprisingly explosive. With elite speed and so many ways to attack, offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie should be salivating. TCU’s backs will be incredibly difficult to prepare for.
This is the third time in a row that TCU-SMU will be on Friday night, when the game is hosted by SMU. The game, now on September 7th, will give TCU a chance to win their seventh consecutive matchup against SMU. The Frogs have won the previous six games by an average of 27.33 points per game.
According to further information gathered from TCU Athletics, the change is due to television time allotment. It’s also a similar to situations that caused day swaps in both 2010 and 2016.The Horned Frogs will face SMU on a Friday night for the third time in their last five trips to Dallas.
TCU has a long history of using this particular grass. This is a really cool story.
This particular grass was first planted on W.A. “Monty and Tex” Moncrief Field at Amon G. Carter Stadium, and it performed so well that the athletic department used it for TCU’s new soccer pitch and now for the practice fields. The new drainage system will allow the fields to be completely flat.
The Frogs have dropped three games in a row after their seven game winning streak, and now sit just outside the bubble in the latest tournament projections. A win against Iowa State could help push them back into the bubble conversation.
TCU (16-8, 7-6) has lost its last three games, all against ranked teams, most recently falling at No. 3 Baylor on Saturday. Iowa State (10-14, 4-9) is coming off of a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
The Frogs and Cyclones played just two weeks ago with TCU winning, 75-52, at Hilton Coliseum in a dominant performance. That was the seventh in TCU’s recent seven-game win streak.