We need to hear Bethley’s name called a lot tonight.
4. Bethley’s impact. TCU is missing defensive tackle Ross Blacklock. He’s an NFL talent that plugged up the interior of the D-line. But how good has fellow DT Corey Bethley been as a sophomore?
Bethley is tied for the Big 12 lead in tackles for loss with six, and has shined in the under tackle position in Patterson’s 4-2-5 defense. Having a disruptive force in the interior only benefits the edge rushers such as Ben Banogu, Ty Summers and L.J. Collier.
As Banogu put it, “When you have a guy in the middle, in the heart of the D-line disrupting and causing pressures and bringing attention to him, it just opens everyone up. Not only with the D-line but also with the linebackers and safeties. The faster you get to the quarterback, the more pressure you can cause, the quicker he has to get the ball out.
“In the run game, he’s continuing to block and he’s taking care of his one-11. It’s up to us to capitalize on that for him. If he’s doing all that stuff, it’s up to us.”
Robinson has to get to this secondary.
Safety: Lawrence White (6-0, 191, Soph.) — One of the surprise leaders in tackles this week, alongside a much more usual suspect. White had nine stops against Akron, eight of the solo variety.
Safety: Greg Eisworth (6-0, 198, Soph.) — Pssst... This is the other usual suspect. Nine more tackles for Eisworth, too, after that crazy number of 14 against the Sooners.
Cornerback: Brian Peavy (5-9, 194, Sr.) — Peavy wasn’t really challenged all that much by a shaky Akron passing game. The Zips weren’t all that interested in challenging the nation’s active leader in passes defended (38).
Cornerback: D’Andre Payne (5-10, 188, Sr.) — Payne was solid when he needed to be with three tackles against Akron. The pressure will be back ten-fold this week against the Horned Frogs.
Zeb could be the difference Saturday.
Iowa State update: The Cyclones are coming off their first win of the season, a 26-13 triumph against Akron… Star RB David Montgomery rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries… QB Zeb Noland had 233 yards passing and completed over 70 percent of his passes for the first time this season.
We did a bad thing.
“I hate to say this, but I’m buying Texas right now,” Klatt said during his weekly radio interview with Bob Sturm and Dan McDowell during his weekly segment on 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket in Dallas. “I thought TCU was really good. I thought what I saw in the second half against Texas was something very unique that we haven’t seen from them in a long time, which is the ability to physically own a game once they had the lead.”
It won’t be just football looking to impress a potential future Frog.
Over the summer, Farabello impressed college coaches playing for Argentina in the FIBA u18 Americas Championship. He left the event fielding interest from a host of high major schools.
”Farabello is a point guard who thrives due to his high level basketball IQ,” 247Sports analyst Josh Gershon said. “He has good size and ball skills, can really pass it, changes speeds well and is a capable and improving shooter.”
Through four games in the event, Farabello averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game.