Love them or hate them, people are talking about them.
That’s not just me saying that. The Horned Frogs’ new alternate uniforms feature heavy red accents from the helmet on down. That’s not a coincidence, since red isn’t anywhere in TCU’s school colors. Horned frogs are actually horned lizards and can literally spew blood from their eyes as a final defense mechanism when threatened by a predator. Football isn’t life and death, but metaphorically speaking, you could make the case that TCU, losers of two straight and three of its last four, are entering desperation mode and fighting for their season.
Or it’s just a good time to unleash these against a big-name opponent.
Not having a bye during conference play is ridiculously bad scheduling by the Big 12. This year, TCU had two in the first month of the season, which wasn’t much better.
TCU has just one open date during the season on the Sept. 19 weekend. Then it’s the annual game against SMU (Sept. 26) followed by nine straight Big 12 games.
TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t have an initial reaction to next year’s schedule, saying he’s too focused preparing for Saturday’s game against Texas.
The 1-2 punch has carried the Frogs when they have won games.
Patterson went on to say the team values each running back and what they bring to the table. He raved about Olonilua’s ability in the passing game whether it’s catching the ball out of the backfield, lining up at tight end or at slot receiver.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Olonilua has 12 catches for 43 yards and a TD, recording a reception in every game this season.
“If we just talk about skill set, you’d probably talk about the skill set Sewo has lining up at tight end, slot, catching the ball in the middle of the field,” Patterson said. “Really to be honest with you that’s some of his best skill set — his hands, his knowledge of the game and being a big wide receiver. We need to be able to do both of those. I think he would help us in that capacity.”
The Frogs can’t get too high or too long when welcoming in the Horns.
Coming off a near defeat against Kansas, No. 15 Texas will visit Amon G. Carter Stadium to face-off against a struggling TCU team.
TCU knows how good the Longhorns can be at full strength. In fact, TCU is choosing to look past the hype and focus on taking care of business.
“Texas is a good team, but we have to treat every week the same,” center Coy McMillon said.
The Longhorns’ explosive offense stems from junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He presents a threat both in the air and on the ground while taking near perfect care of the ball.
Intel from the outside.
No. 2 … TCU leads the Big 12 in run defense, giving up 100 yards per game on the ground, but is struggling to get a pass rush.
The Horned Frogs’ defensive ends - Shameik Blackshear, a graduate transfer from South Carolina, and redshirt freshman Ochaun Mathis - have combined for only 1.5 sacks this season while trying to replace ends L.J. Collier, a first-round NFL draft pick of the Seahawks, and Ben Banogu, a second-round pick of the Colts.
Texas and TCU are tied for second-to-last in the Big 12 in sacks (11) behind only Kansas State (8).