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TCU News: Frogs a hot pick to hit the ‘over’

A lot of people that know college football like TCU’s chances.

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No. 46? ESPN’s ‘best players’ list isn’t sitting well with TCU star WR Jalen Reagor | The Star-Telegram

Angry Reagor will make for happy TCU fans.

Reagor’s beef certainly seems justified. This is arguably the Big 12’s most explosive playmaker who is coming off a 1,000-yard season in which TCU used four different quarterbacks.

ESPN has good things to say about Reagor, writing: “The Horned Frogs’ Swiss Army knife is a threat in multiple facets. He’s a top-flight receiver (he caught 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns last season), a ground threat (he rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns) and a return ace (he averaged 12 yards per punt return and 30 yards per kick return in ‘18). However it can, TCU will get him the ball.”

Fixed Frogs: Reagor, TCU healthy after impressive recovery | The Lufkin Daily News

A healthy TCU is a dangerous TCU.

While Reagor was then among several starters who missed at least part of spring practice, he is back healthy. So are key defenders like veteran safety Innis Gaines, who played only a half season before a knee injury, and tackle Ross Blacklock, who tore an Achilles tendon in a non-contact drill last preseason.

”Probably the worst pain I’ve felt in my life, traumatizing actually,” Blacklock said.

Reagor had TD catches in seven consecutive games during a 1,000-yard receiving season. He accounted for 30% of TCU’s receptions (72 of 239), the best in the Big 12 and highest under Patterson, who is going into his 19th season. The Frogs could use more of the same from the son of a former NFL defensive tackle.

”I don’t look at it as pressure,” Reagor said. “I feel like I’m supposed to be here.”

Steele: My six favorite CFB season win total bets | ESPN

Anyone else getting nervous about how many pundits believe in the Horned Frogs.

Recent history shows that Gary Patterson always bounces back after a down year. Following a 4-8 season in 2013, TCU went 12-1 and just missed out on a College Football Playoff berth. After a 6-7 season in 2016, the Frogs climbed as high as No. 4 in the polls in 2017 before finishing 11-3. Last year TCU was one of the most injury-plagued teams in college football, losing 20 players for the season, including top defensive player defensive tackle Ross Blaylock before the season even started (16 others missed at least four games). TCU still managed to get to a bowl and finish 7-6.

College Football’s Top 150 Greatest Photos of All Time | SI

This is absolutely worth spending some time checking out.

Aaron Green, running back for TSU, nose dives into endzone for a touchdown against Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium on Sep. 26, 2015. TCU outlasted the Red Raiders by a score of 55-52 in their Big 12 opener.​

TCU Horned Frogs | Maddux Sports

For those of you that like a friendly wager.

The Horned Frogs had the top-ranked Big 12 unit in both total defense and pass defense, and it had the second-best scoring defense a year ago. That should be relatively the same this season, but the QB battle is a major thing to watch obviously. TCU has a lot of playmakers on both ends of the ball and returns a good bit of experience, but the team will have to manage its turnovers better—both forcing them on defense and preventing them on offense. This team is probably better than oddsmakers credit it for, though, especially if the QB issue turns out to be something of a non-issue after it is finally settled.

Prediction: 9 wins (over)