On Thursday September 12, the 24th ranked TCU Horned Frogs were named as a three point favorite over the explosive Texas Tech Red Raiders. The loss of quarterback Casey Pachall is a huge disappointment for all the members of the TCU program. He is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken arm. Now they will put the game in the hands of Trevone Boykin. This game will be a battle of which philosophy wins out. The opening night of Big 12 play should be very interesting.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Tech Red Raiders
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium
When: Thursday September 12, 7:30 p.m.
Texas Tech has exploded offensively in their first two games. With their walk on quarterback, freshman Baker Mayfield has dominated with the third most prolific aerial attack. Mayfield has completed 71 percent of his passes. While that number is gaudy, Texas Tech is averaging 453 passing yards per game. Even with all of his passing, Baker Mayfield has seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. This will be a different story when they battle TCU. The Horned Frogs have a much better defense than the prior two opponents.
TCU will have to put up some points and maybe ever use some ball control offense to help out their team defensively. So far in the first two games, TCU has not been moving the ball very well. They are in the bottom half of the country offensively.
It’s been tough to run on the Red Raiders defense this season, but part of that is due to giving up 337 yards passing per game. TCU has to take advantage of the weak pass defense. This is especially true if Texas Tech scores early and often.
Defensively, the Horned Frogs have to focus on pressuring the quarterback and making secure tackles. The coaches must reinforce these ideals on every possession.
It might be too tough for TCU to come on the road and win in Lubbock. However, their success will hinge on their defense. If they are kept on their heels, Baker Mayfield will torch the Horned Frogs.
Texas Tech 37