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TCU News: “...a lot more questions than answers about what the football season will look like”

The Big 12 cancelled Media Days in a bad sign for the fall.

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As scheduling questions abound, the Big 12 cancels its virtual football media day

Nine conference games and one OOC matchup? Can we trade SMU for UNLV, please?

The Big 12 has yet to determine a schedule format for the upcoming season. The board of directors is expected to meet on Monday where they’ll be presented a number of different models.

The favorite appears to be a conference-only format plus one non-conference game to reach a 10-game season similar to other conferences such as the Big Ten, Pac-12 and now SEC. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC are doing conference-only formats while the Big 12 schools would have to add one non-conference game to go along with nine conference games.

News broke of the SEC playing a 10-game, conference-only schedule at the same time the Big 12 canceled its media day. The SEC is expected to start its season on Sept. 26.

TCU Season Preview: These Five Former Texas HS Football Studs Must Carry Horned Frogs in 2020 | Texas HS Football

If these two guys are great, the Horned Frogs will be too.

Taye Barber, junior wide receiver, Cypress Spring

Injuries sidelined Barber early in the season, but he made the most out of playing the final seven games of 2019. Barber hauled in 29 receptions for an average of 41.3 yards per catch once he came back and gave the Horned Frogs offense some big plays. He transitioned to wide receiver after playing quarterback and running back in high school and earned all-district second team honors as a sophomore.

Ochaun Mathis, sophomore defensive end, Manor

The redshirt sophomore looks to build off a strong 2019 where he amassed 40 tackles, including 20 solo stops, nine tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Mathis made headlines in Central Texas as a prep star at Manor where he was named to the District 6-5A All-District team as a junior and finished with 75 tackles as a senior.

TCU 2020 Player Profile: Noah Daniels | Horned Frog Blitz

A healthy Daniels is an impact-player in the Frogs secondary. He could be a star.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF HIM IN 2020?

With Daniels back and healthy, he will once again compete for a starting cornerback position. He is competing against Keeyon Stewart, Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson and Tony Wallace. Of that group, Daniels has the best combination of size and speed; this is the same kid that ran a 21.1 200-meter in high school. Last season he was considered one of the top three cornerbacks on the roster before his injury, this season is the same. I have him down at winning one of the starting spots; that’s what he’s expected to do.

SUMMARY

If Daniels is 100% healthy, which I’ve been told he is, he could be the next big thing at cornerback for the Frogs. He has great size at 6-foot, 205-pounds and elite speed. If he can put those two things together he’s going to draw the attention of pro scouts the next two seasons. Like TCU fans, I still remember how good he played against Ohio State and was craving more; if he can play at that type of level the Frogs won’t be hurting so much at cornerback. There are some big shoes to fill when you have to replace a first-round NFL pick. Daniels may not have the type of season Jeff Gladney had last year, but I still predict him to be a force on the defense.

Big 12 football programs as characters in ‘Hamilton’ | CRFF

If you like Hamilton, this is fun.

TCU: Angelica Schuyler

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, the Horned Frogs were a late addition to the Big 12 despite years of proving they could play with the big boys. In 2014, they lost out of a playoff spot to Ohio State, much like Angelica lost Alexander to Eliza (we know the Buckeyes definitely called dibs!). Under Gary Patterson, TCU Football has won at least 10 games 11 times, but remains never satisfied after missing out on a chance to play for a national title twice since 2010.