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TCU Horned Frogs 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

TCU Horned Frogs 2016 Preview

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The TCU Horned Frogs were 11-2 last season and won the Valero Alamo Bowl in a thrilling triple overtime game against Oregon by a score of 47-41.

Overview: Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs will have to fill the quarterback spot, after losing the very skilled Trevone Boykin. TCU opens up with 4 very winnable games: South Dakota State, Arkansas, Iowa State, and at SMU. It will be important for the Horned Frogs to get off to a fast start to give their new quarterback confidence.

TCU Horned Frogs 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: Doug Meacham/Sonny Cumbie and the TCU offense will look to build off of a very impressive season in 2015. The TCU offense averaged 42.1 points per game with 215.4 rushing yards and 347.5 passing yards per game last season. TCU has to replace the dynamic duo of QB Boykin and WR Doctson, which was one of the best in the Big 12. The quarterback battle is between Foster Sawyer and Kenny Hill (Texas A&M transfer). Kyle Hicks looks to be the starting running back, after rushing for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. TCU will look to replace WR Doctson with KaVontae Turpin (649 yards and 8 touchdowns) and Jarrison Stewart (265 yards and 1 touchdown). TCU returns only 1 starter on the offensive line this season.

Defense: Chad Glasgow and the TCU defense will look to continue improving during the 2016 season. The TCU defense allowed 27.2 points per game with 182.6 rushing yards and 215.8 passing yards per game. Travin Howard led the Horned Frogs in tackles last season with 105 and will be returning this year. Ty Summers was third on the team in tackling with 86 and will also be returning. Summers and Howard will lead an experienced group of linebackers. Denzel Johnson will look to lead the TCU secondary after totaling 79 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception for a touchdown in 2015. Josh Carraway led TCU in 2015 with 9 sacks and will be returning at defensive end this season. TCU’s defense should have another solid year in 2016.

Special Teams: TCU will have to replace their kicker and punter for the 2016 season. KaVontae Turpin was the kick returner in 2015, averaging 27 yards, with a long of 60 yards, and will most likely be the returner this year.

Outlook: TCU is lined up to have another good year and to make a run at a Big 12 Title. TCU has a lot of weapons on offense, and only needs to clear up the quarterback position. Kenny Hill played well at Texas A&M and I expect him to get plenty of chances for the Horned Frogs. The TCU defense is experienced, which should help them prepare for the high-powered offenses in the Big 12. I look for TCU to challenge for another double-digit win total in 2016.

Schedule:

Sep. 3 South Dakota State

Sep. 10 Arkansas

Sep. 17 Iowa State

Sep. 23 at SMU

Oct. 1 Oklahoma

Oct. 8 at Kansas

Oct. 22 at West Virginia

Oct. 29 Texas Tech

Nov. 5 at Baylor

Nov. 19 Oklahoma State

Nov. 25 at Texas

Dec. 3 Kansas State

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