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October 31, 2013

Keys to the Game: TCU vs. WVU

It's another game week for TCU and another week of questions about this team's performance. The Frogs have a great chance of winning on Saturday if they play up to their capabilities. They also have a chance at losing if they play like they have the past couple of weeks.

The Mountaineers come to Ft. Worth with a 3-5 record looking to revenge last season's overtime loss to the Frogs. This West Virginia teams isn't near as good as last year's team that started 5-0 but they are still a formidable opponent. WVU is averaging 248.8 passing and 146.4 rushing yards per game but one of their biggest issues is quarterback. The Mountaineers have used three different QB's thus far but it looks to be Clint Trickett's job to lose. Trickett has thrown for 951 yards this season but has 3 interceptions and only 3 touchdowns.

Don't let West Virginia's 3-5 record fool you though. The Mountaineers upset Oklahoma State in Morgantown at the end of September and… scratch that… Who am I kidding? Outside of the win over OSU the other two victories for WVU came against William & Mary and Georgia State. West Virginia was blown out by Maryland and Baylor and has lost every other game by double digits.

TCU hasn't been much better. The Frogs have lost four of their last six and were outscored 54-17 in their last two games. TCU has two things going for them though. The first one should be obvious, the defense. The Frogs defense should have a field day against West Virginia. The second thing is Casey Pachall. I know I have flip flopped on whether or not Pachall was the answer, but I would rather see him at QB instead of Boykin. Neither one of them has been stellar this season, but I have decided I like watching Casey at QB and Boykin at WR.

Here are my keys to the game for TCU against West Virginia.

Stick with one QB: Either go with Pachall or go with Boykin but none of this rotating stuff the Frogs have done previously in the season. Let one quarterback take all the snaps. Name a starter and go with it.

Commit to the run: West Virginia allows 4.5 yards per carry on the ground and have given up 15 rushing touchdowns this season. I know the Frogs offensive line is shaky, but stick with the run and it will pay off. Plus it helps take pressure off the QB and allows the defense to rest.

Have fun and ball out: I know it has been difficult for the Frogs to have fun and play with the swagger we are accustomed to, but they need to be loose. What is there to lose at this point honestly? Leave it all on the field and ball out!

This game should be a fun one. It's not a 11 AM kickoff, the weather will be great, and everyone should enjoy themselves. Time to get another W in the win column. Go Frogs!


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