(5) TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns
Thursday – November 27 – 6:30 pm
TV: FOX Sports 1
Royal Texas Memorial Stadium – Austin
As of right now the TCU Horned Frogs are on the outside looking in with the fifth seed for the first ever College Football Playoff. One slip up by Alabama, Oregon, Florida State or Mississippi State and the Frogs are in the mix. If all remains the same, then TCU will need to have a stellar performance against the Texas Longhorns to spruce up their resume. The Frogs will not partake in a conference title game and the Iowa State Cyclones have a horrible record so this is their final opportunity to make an impression. The entire college football world will be watching as this is the only college football game on TV tonight.
It has been a nice run for the Horned Frogs so far this season. Compared to last season’s 4-8 record with some very close losses, TCU has matured and won those types of games this season. The only loss for the Frogs was a last second field goal to Baylor in Waco. Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin has transformed the offense into a high scoring machine. He’s passed for over 3,000 yards with 24 TDs and only five interceptions. On the ground he’s racked up another 500+ yards and found the endzone seven times. His sidekick B.J. Catalon has been most excellent but is a game time decision. If unable to go, look for Aaron Green to fill in. Kolby Listenbee is Boykin’s favorite downfield threat. Josh Doctson is a superb possession receiver.
The Texas Longhorn under first year Head Coach Charlie Strong has been born again. After cleaning house and losing starting QB David Ash, the offense has rallied behind QB Tyrone Swoopes. Usually a young and inexperienced offensive line paired up with quarterback in the same boat spells disaster. They have made it through the hard times and are now beginning to blossom. The o-line is creating serious running lanes for Jonathan Gray and Malcom Brown while providing Swoopes a little more time in the pocket. Jaxon Shipley has followed in his brother’s footsteps and become a possession receiver and John Harris is lightening fast downfield.
The Texas defense is one of the best in the country and will pose problems for TCU if given enough rest. The Horned Frogs defense is pretty good as well. I see this being a low scoring affair with the Longhorns upsetting TCU.
My prediction: Texas 20 – TCU 13