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September 11, 2013Call it a rivalry, call it mutual hatred, call it what you want, but I am calling Thursday nights Big 12 conference opener against Texas Tech a must win for the Horned Frogs.
I'm not calling tomorrow's game a must win just because I want TCU to win. Of course I want TCU to win, but there is more to it than that. I personally can't take another year of Texas Tech having scoreboard on the Frogs. I have never seen a more delusional fan base in all my years of watching college football. Go visit one of the numerous Tech fan sites on the internet and you will see for yourself. They constantly talk smack about Patterson, the schedule, the fans, the city, you name something related to TCU and they hate on it.
What's funny is that there seems to be no mirrors in Lubbock because if there were, the Red Raiders would be able to look at themselves and see they have problems of their own. When was the last time Tech won an outright conference title? When was the last time Tech played in a BCS Bowl? Do any non-Tech fans actually think Kliff Kingsbury is cool? When have you ever heard anyone say "yeah, Lubbock is a great place to live." I'll wait while you look for the answers, but it will probably take you a while .
Not only do I want the Frogs to win so I can have bragging rights for the next year, but the Frogs are in need of a victory against a decent team. After beating Texas on Thanksgiving last season, the Frogs have lost three of their last four games and that one win against Southeastern Louisiana wasn't pretty. It also wouldn't hurt to start off 1-0 in conference if the Frogs have any hope of winning the Big 12 this season.
If the Frogs want to win this game in a hostile environment there are a few things that the team must focus on to come out victorious. First and foremost, RUN THE FOOTBALL. Texas Tech allowed SMU to rush for over 100 yards and SMU is trash this season. With Boykin and the stable of running backs, TCU has the ability to run the ball and control the clock. The less time Tech's offense has the ball, the better.
The other key for this matchup is getting pressure on Baker Mayfield. Tech fans consider Mayfield their savior based on what he has done in their first two games, but consider me skeptical. I'm not ready to crown a freshman QB with wins over SMU and SFA the next big thing. The Frogs must put pressure on Mayfield all night and force him into making bad decisions.
With all of that said, I really don't know what to expect from this game. TCU looked solid against LSU but looked pitiful against Southeastern Louisiana. Texas Tech had strong performances in their first two games, but those games were against terrible programs. This game will show where TCU is as a team. Have they taken steps forward or are they the same team from 2012? I believe they are better and I think we will see that tomorrow night.