September 26, 2013

Emotions Uneasy for SMU Game

The Battle for the Iron Skillet resumes on Saturday, and really, I don't know what to expect. I mean, the Frogs SHOULD win the game, but I also thought they should have beaten Texas Tech and we all know how that turned out.

Who am I kidding here? SMU is bad. Really bad. The TCU defense should have a field day against the Ponies offense, but you never know with this kind of game. Weird things happen in rivalry games and TCU fans know that SMU will try to spoil the Frogs season any time they get the chance.

I think most would agree that this season has been disappointing for TCU so far. Pachall getting hurt, losing to Tech, Fields getting injured, no commitment to the running game, etc… For a team that some picked to win the Big 12, the Frogs sure do have a lot of issues.

As you can see in three paragraphs already, I'm having issues. Yes, SMU is bad, but also, TCU has problems of its own. I don't know what to think these days.

My concern for this week is the offense. Patterson has made comments about running the ball more, but will it really happen? What if the running game isn't going as planned in the first half? Will TCU stay committed to it in the second half? Will the TCU offensive line give Boykin enough time to sit in the pocket and survey the field? If given enough time, will Boykin actually sit in the pocket or will he look to run at the first available opportunity?

There are so many question marks for a team that was supposed to be better than this. That is why I am so uneasy about this game against SMU. The upside is that when you look at what SMU has done this season, it really favors the Frogs. The Ponies are ranked 102nd in rushing yards allowing 113 yards per game which means they will rely heavily on the pass. One of the strengths of the TCU defense is the secondary. It won't be a cakewalk though. SMU averages 348.7 yards per game through the air and passed for 341 yards against Texas A&M last week. If the secondary brings their A-game, TCU will prevail with a victory.

The one thing that really favors TCU this weekend is the SMU defense. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of question marks for the offense this week, but they should be able to move the ball. The SMU defense is giving up an average of 37.7 points per game and even Montana State scored 30 points against them. Hopefully the offense moves the ball, puts up a lot of points, and gains some confidence heading into the Oklahoma game.

I'm feeling uneasy, but that's just the way am. My emotions are like a rollercoaster during football season and this year is no different. Once the Frogs takes the field on Saturday I am sure all my confidence in the team will return to normal, but right now, I'm nervous and I know I shouldn't be.

If the Frogs commit to the running game, protect the football, and play defense like we all know they can, everything will be fine. If the Frogs come out lethargic and don't give their best effort, things could get bad. I think this is the week TCU finally gets everything clicking, but I've been wrong before.

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