#3 TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday – September 26 – 3:45 pm CT
Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock
Twice this upcoming basketball season, the hoops programs of TCU and Texas Tech will face each each other. Twice the combined points scored in those games may fall short of what will be put on the scoreboard at Jones AT&T Stadium this Saturday at 3:45 pm.
This match up features two high powered, explosive offenses and suspect defenses. First one to 65 may be the strategy used by Horned Frog coach Gary Patterson and Red Raiders 3rd year coach Kliff Kingsbury. With a young defense that is trying to learn on the fly, Tech will have its hands full. Decimated by injuries mostly, the Frogs hope to keep a hot offense off the field for long sustained drives.
Both teams are 3-0 as they enter this Big XII opener. TCU is coming off a late game scare against SMU last week with a 56-37 victory that was closer than the final score indicates. Two late touchdowns by the Frogs provided breathing room as they closed out the pesky Mustangs. Tech exacted revenge on the Arkansas Razorbacks from last year’s defeat with a 35-24 victory.
WHEN TECH HAS THE BALL
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to a great start to the 2015 season. With a completion percentage of 66.4% to go along with 1,029 yards in 3 games, he has the look of a guy who has settled into coach Kingsbury’s system. He amassed 243 yards passing with one touchdown and 2 rushing touchdowns to boot. Running back DeAndra Washington led Tech in the game with 75 yards on 11 carries. Look for a similar plan of attack against the Frogs that they used against Arkansas. Mahomes will look to spread the field against a secondary that lost a starting corner in Ranthony Texada and keep them off balance with timely runs from Washington.
WHEN TCU HAS THE BALL
After racking up 82 points in last season’s game, the Frogs hope a similar offensive explosion is in store against the Red Raiders. Quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for over 400 yards and running back Aaron Green crossed the century mark for the first time this season with a 164 yard performance against SMU. Josh Doctson looks uncoverable and will provide Boykin with many shots down field. Receiver Kolby Listenbee usually gets one on one man coverage. If that is the strategy the Red Raiders will employ, he will have a breakout performance Saturday.
PREDICTION: TCU-60 TECH-51