College Football Preview: The 2014 TCU Horned Frogs
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2014 College Football Preview
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Overview: Due to injuries, suspensions and off the field issues, the TCU Horned Frogs had a poor season that finished with a 4-8 record and no bowl game for the first time since 2004. The Horned Frogs lost five of their last six games and had one of the worst offenses in the country that ranked 89th in points scored. TCU fans aren’t freaking out just yet considering head coach Gary Patterson has built this program from the ground up and has made it a team that can compete with the best of the best. However, another poor season this year and critics may start questioning if the jump to the Big 12 was the right choice.
Offense: TCU hopes to be a quick tempo team that huddles less and scores more. The quicker pace fits better in a conference that loves its offense and should be a nice change of pace from a unit that struggled a year ago. Quarterback Matt Joeckel will get his shot with his new Texas team, as he transferred from Texas A&M after throwing just 48 pass attempts the last two seasons. Joeckel will have lots of help around him, including a running back tandem of B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green that rushed for more than 800 yards and six touchdowns with limited carries. There will also be plenty of targets to throw to with Josh Doctson, David Porter and even Trevone Boykin looking for a bounce back season. There are pieces in place for TCU to be a solid offensive team, it just needs to be led by a consistent quarterback.
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Defense: TCU has always been a defensive team first and it will have to get back to its roots if things are going to turnaround. It shouldn’t be that difficult with eight starters returning. Devonte Fields returns from injury and if he’s anything close to what he was his freshman season, the rest of the Big 12 better watch out. Fields will anchor a talented defensive line, while Sam Carter, Chris Hackett and Kevin White do form what could be the best secondary in the conference. The Horned Frogs are also set at linebacker with Paul Dawson, Marcus Mallet and Jonathan Anderson returning, which are three of TCU’s top four tacklers from last season. I think it goes without saying that TCU has one of the better defenses in the country on paper, which gives this team a chance to win any game on the schedule.
Special Teams: Jaden Oberkrom returns at kicker after making 14 of 18 field goal attempts, while punter Ethan Perry returns after averaging a little over 40 yards per kick. The Horned Frogs special teams is no concern.
Outlook: One of the best value future bets to win a conference is TCU at +1500 to win the Big 12. The Horned Frogs are neck and neck with Oklahoma for the best defense in this conference and has enough offensive talent to get by, especially if it can get anything out of its quarterback. The Horned Frogs are a solid team that will have a chip on their shoulder after what took place last season. I really like the way the Horned Frogs look, and they get Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at their house. I’ll be backing TCU a lot this season.