I don’t know who Rob Oller is... but this is the work of someone who has no idea what TCU is all about. Shouldn’t scare OSU fans? Ok. But saying the Frogs don’t have enough defense is ignorant. Ever hear of Ben Banogu, Rob? You will. And Ross Blacklock. And Ty Summers. And Niko Small. And Innis Gaines. And... should I go on?
This is seriously so bad.
While TCU should not scare OSU fans, the Horned Frogs are worrisome. They will be playing close to home in Arlington, Texas, are not intimidated by flashy opponents and will defend against quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who will be making his first ever start on the road. That said, I see the Buckeyes taking care of business. Something in the neighborhood of a 10-point win. The Horned Frogs just don’t have enough defense to pull the upset.
You know that thing about TCU not having enough defense? True, but the Horned Frogs do have dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson, a special talent who can supply enough offense to force the Buckeyes to match points with a team that always finds a way to pull off at least one upset per season. This will be one of those.
The Frogs and Buckeyes go up against Texas and USC. It’s a big weekend for the Big 12.
1. TCU vs. Ohio State (Sept. 15 in Arlington, Texas)
The Buckeyes have a big non-conference game against a Big 12 team for the third year in a row. After splitting its home-and-home series with Oklahoma in 2016 and ‘17, Ohio State is tangling with Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs this fall.
OSU’s win over OU two years ago helped vault Urban Meyer’s team into the College Football Playoff. Beating TCU this season would give the Buckeyes another nice notch in their belts to show the selection committee at the end of the year.
This is a great story... with a nice little LT story included. I have met Patrick, and he really embodies the Frog factor. The scout team guys, the walk-ons... teams can’t have success at the highest level without these guys.
A member of the scout team ever since he arrived at TCU, Zeller’s main assignment has been to help every player listed ahead of him on the depth chart prepare for the next game.
There are very few rewards on Saturdays, except Zeller wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love being on the scout team,’’ he said. “I’m killing myself every day against a great defense and having a blast doing it. I’ve never gotten mad or bored. I know my role. If someone is better than me, play them. Let’s win the game.’’
Zeller has been part of four bowl games as a Horned Frog.
He went to the Peach Bowl against Mississippi as a redshirt, the Alamo Bowl against Oregon as a redshirt freshman, the Liberty Bowl against Georgia two years ago and the Alamo Bowl again against Stanford last year.
Such a humble dude. Banogu has been the perfect fit for the Frogs, and TCU fans couldn’t be happier to have them be a part of their program.
The attention is nice according to the humble defensive end but work is yet to be done. Just like his coach often refers to during the preseason, it’s nice to receive notice prior to the start of the season but it’s the talk at the end that matters the most. Banogu is taking the same approach and holding himself accountable.
“The expectations are still the same; I hold myself to a pretty high standard,” he said. “It’s cool that the media said I was All-Big 12 player of the year caliber. Coach said it’s not what they say now; it’s what they say in November and December. I want them to say I’m the best player in December and January. I think that when it matters the most because you’ve played through the whole season and they see your whole body of work and it’s kind of like, ‘yeah, they said that in the preseason and now he validated it in the regular and post season.’ Whenever you get that post-season award it’s pretty cool but as of right now it’s all talk.”
This is an interesting take on what an all-Power Five playoff would look like.
Power 5 Conference champions: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor/TCU.
How would the playoff have changed? Well, that’s the year TCU and Baylor tied for the Big 12 championship, as the conference had yet to restore the league title game. In the penultimate rankings, TCU was third, Florida State fourth, Ohio State fifth and Baylor sixth. All were impressive in the final week. The committee seemed to penalize the Big 12 for not having a championship game, and the committee likely would have penalized the Big 12 even more if it required a conference championship for playoff consideration. Baylor and TCU were officially co-champions in the Big 12’s misguided policy.
Once again, the Frogs’ uniforms rank highly. But no. Kill the gray camo. Kill it dead.
One of the fresher looks in all of college football, TCU always brings the heat when it comes to uniforms. The purple paired with either white, gray or black just seems to pop. Pair that with a sweet camo design, and you have one of the most electric uniforms in the game today.