This writer projects TCU to go 8-4, and to lose to Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. It also appears Reece subscribes to TEXAS IS BACK magazine. By the way, Reece, we are the tough draw for Texas to open Big 12 play.
Week 4, Sept. 22 -- at Texas
A tough draw to open Big 12 play -- against a rebuilding and hungry Longhorns squad in Austin. Some key NFL departures might prevent Texas from realizing its full potential under Tom Herman, but UT’s roster is loaded with young talent. UT’s defense could be sneaky good and until we see more from TCU’s offensive line in fall camp, we’ll call this one closely.
Prediction: Texas 34, TCU 31
It’s this way every season, but with so much to replace, TCU needs guys to get up to speed quickly.
Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs have reached at least 11 wins in three of the team’s six seasons played since joining the league in time for the 2012 season. The only sub .500 regular season came in 2013, when TCU went 4-8.
But college football is a game of cycles, and the Horned Frogs have lost many faces from their 11-3 2017 campaign over the offseason. Starting quarterback Kenny Hill is gone, as are several key pieces from the offensive line. Tackles Joseph Noteboom and Matt Pryor both had their names called in the 2018 NFL Draft last week.
Chuck Carlton wouldn’t be surprised if Robinson had a better year than Murray, for one big reason.
How crazy is it to think Shawn Robinson will have a more productive year than Kyler Murray?
Carlton: Not that crazy. For one, we don’t know if Kyler Murray will actually be playing at Oklahoma, depending on what happens with Major League Baseball draft. If he is back and starting, there’s a good bet Oklahoma runs the ball more with Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon among others.
While both Murray and Shawn Robinson are dual-threat quarterbacks, Robinson is the better passer. He’ll have plenty of weapons at TCU too. In terms of numbers, it’s certainly plausible Robinson has the bigger year.