TCU plays the Omaha Mavericks after Micah Peavy scored 21 points in TCU’s 108-75 victory against the Southern Jaguars.
TCU finished 22-13 overall with a 13-4 record at home during the 2022-23 season. The Horned Frogs averaged 75.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score 68.4 last season.
It's the final scheduled meeting between the longtime rivals, as Texas (8-1, 5-1) will move to the Southeastern Conference in 2024. The Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4), who played in the CFP championship game last season but have struggled to find consistency this year, would like nothing more than to damage Texas' hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Murphy will look to make his third start this Saturday against the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.
After Ewers was named the starting quarterback early on in the preseason, there was big talk about who would be the backup, and redshirt freshman Arch Manning gave Murphy a run for his money.
“I think Chandler is healthier. That’s the big thing we’re trying to do this week is just get an evaluation on him,” he said. “He clearly wants to play and is excited to get back and help the team win. He’s got a great attitude and wants to do the right thing.”
“I think the biggest thing we have to do is just make sure he’s healthy and we protect him and put him in a good situation.”
the Longhorns have a chance to be in the same position as TCU was last November... fighting for a Big 12 Championship and a College Football Playoff berth.
So with that in mind, despite the Frogs' 4-5 record, the Horns are approaching Saturday night's tilt with a championship mentality.
“We know what happened when they came into our house and they got that game from us,” Ford said. “It’s us wanting to go get our revenge kind of deal."
“They’ve got really quality players,” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said. We know they’ll be ready to play. We know we’ll get their best shot.”
Effort, desire, physicality were never questions you had to worry about last year’s team. It obviously hasn’t been the case this year, but it’s not too late to find that want to. Yes, TCU won’t be contending for anything meaningful this year, but it doesn’t take away the importance of the final three games.
“They mean bowl eligibility, they mean being able to extend your season and play with these guys one more game,” Wiley said. “I would say these three games mean a lot to us.”