College Football Preview: The 2015 TCU Horned Frogs
TCU Horned Frogs Preview
2014 Record: 12-1 (4th of 128) Won Peach Bowl 42-3 vs. Mississippi
Odds to Win National Championship: +1075 See the Latest Odds
Overview: The TCU Horned Frogs have become one of the top college football programs in the country, as Gary Patterson has led this program to five double-digit winning seasons in his last seven years. The next step for TCU is clinching a playoff spot and winning a national championship.
Offense: TCU finished with the fifth best offense last season, averaging more than 500 yards and 46.5 points. The star of that offense returns in quarterback Trevone Boykin, who has to be one of the favorites to win the Heisman and is arguably the best QB in the country. Boykin is the face of this TCU team after totaling 42 touchdowns and shattering the school record books. It also helps to have your top receivers returning in Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee and Deante' Gray, a trio that combined for 23 touchdowns and more than 2,300 receiving yards. Oh, Aaron Green returns at running back after nearly topping 1,000 yards and scoring nine times. Add that to the fact TCU returns four starting offensive linemen, and one of the best offenses in college football will reside in Texas.
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Defense: TCU ranked 18th in total defense last season and has built a reputation of having a solid unit year in and year out. James McFarland is an experienced and playmaking defensive end who has produced 10 sacks his last two seasons while Derrick Kindred is an experienced safety who will hold down the secondary that lost a few key pieces. Davion Pierson has been consistent in each of the last three seasons and Ranthony Texada should build on an impressive freshman season. Also, Aaron Curry, a transfer from Nebraska, could quickly ease into the rotation and be a solid defensive lineman. Yes, replacing Paul Dawson, Chris Hackett and Kevin White won’t be easy. However, this unit still has leadership and producers who will keep this defense respectable like it’s been in the past.
Special Teams: Jaden Oberkrom returns at kicker after making 81.5 percent of 27 field goal attempts. Ethan Perry returns at punter after averaging 39.1 yards on 64 attempts.
Overall: TCU has to be the clear cut frontrunner to win the Big 12 and be one of the four teams that makes the playoffs. TCU’s offense is flat out loaded. Like, we’re going to drop 60 points today loaded. Any team that runs into the Horned Frogs this season should be very afraid. This is easily the team to beat in the Big 12.