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October 25, 2013

TCU vs Texas: Keys to the Game

Its Texas week, what more could you want? Out of all the home games on the TCU schedule this season, this is the big one. It's the Longhorns playing in Ft. Worth, on a Saturday night, in front of a sold out crowd at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Texas will be looking to revenge last year's loss to the Frogs on Thanksgiving and TCU will just be looking to get some kind of offense going. It's going to be a close game, but if the Frogs play the Longhorns like they did in Austin last season, they can win the game.

The best news of the week is that Casey Pachall will suit up and be available for the Frogs. Trevone Boykin has been average to say the least so getting Pachall back might energize this offense. I just like the fact that both QB's are available. Obviously Patterson doesn't have much faith in Matthews at this point, but he does have faith in Pachall. Having both quarterbacks available opens up the playbook for TCU a little more and Pachall's arm should hopefully help the passing game.

Outside of the obvious that the TCU offense MUST get something going and score points this week, I have three other keys to the game for the Frogs.

1. Contain the Texas running game: The Longhorns are ranked 35th and average over 200 rushing yards per game. They have explosive playmakers in Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown so the Frogs cannot let them get going. The Longhorns only managed 86 yards rushing against the Frogs in 2012. If TCU wants to be victorious again this year, they have to keep the Texas running backs in check.

2. Turnovers: The TCU offense has problems scoring. To keep the ball from the Texas offense TCU must protect the football. The Longhorns won’t be able to score if they don't have the football and the Frogs don't turn it over. On the flip side, the TCU defense must force at least two turnovers. The Frogs are tied for third nationally with 13 interceptions this season. They need to add to that number this weekend.

3. Win time of possession: With containing the Texas running game and not turning the ball over comes time of possession. As I mentioned above, the Frogs need to keep the ball away from the Texas offense. If TCU can run the ball and move the chains, it will give the offense some confidence and allow the defense to rest. Three and outs over and over again do not give the defense enough time to rest which wears them down in the second half of games.

I believe TCU will go into Saturday's game against Texas with a similar game plan to what they used last season. It all boils down to execution. The defense will be stout, but what about the offense? It's still a huge question mark but the return of Pachall could be a good thing. Or it could be disastrous…

I am hoping for a good performance from the Frogs, I just hope the offense doesn't let us down again.


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