Texas Longhorns vs. #4 TCU Horned Frogs Preview

Josh Doctson had an amazing game against Texas Tech and is looking for a similar performance against the Longhorns. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
Josh Doctson had an amazing game against Texas Tech and is looking for a similar performance against the Longhorns. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Darius Williams

Game Info
Texas Longhorns vs #4 TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday – October 3 – 11:00 pm CT
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas

The TCU Horned Frogs will welcome the Texas Longhorns to Amon Carter Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 am. After yet another disappointing close to a game, the Longhorns come into Fort Worth in a bit of a role reversal. Long being the “bell cow” school for the state, a Las Vegas betting line of (-15) usually was safely nestled next to the school from Austin. Long gone are those days as the Horns find the (+15) next to their name, indicating that they are now the underdogs in this interstate battle.

Falling to 1-3 after a disappointing and controversial defeat to Oklahoma State, 30-27, an upset of the #4 ranked Horned Frogs would salvage what has been foreshadowed as a gloomy season for Texas. A recent change at quarterback seemed to have pumped a little life into a stagnant offense that saw very little success with Tyrone Swoopes under center. Jerrod Heard, a native of Denton, Texas, took over in the Cal game and has performed well ever since.

TCU escaped Lubbock last Saturday night with a 55-52 victory over Texas Tech, in a game for the ages. They received a fortunate turn of events as they salvaged their national championship hopes with a tipped pass that landed in the hands of running back Aaron Green.

TCU has taken two of the last three last contests between the two Big XII schools. The much maligned defense will welcome the addition of defensive tackle David Tuaua, reinstated this week after his three game suspension earlier this year. His presence should prevent another running back from going for 160 yards like DeAndre Washington of Texas Tech did this past Saturday.

Texas will pop in the tape and see how SMU’s quarterback Mike Davis almost single-handedly beat the Horned Frogs two weeks ago with his dual threat ability. Quarterback Jerrod Heard should move down the field with very little resistance should TCU employ the same defensive strategy. Running back Jonathan Gray has had very few impact runs this year, but he is a very talented runner who picks up those tough yards.

The combination of quarterback Trevone Boykin and wide receiver Josh Doctson will be gung-ho to try and attack a soft Texas secondary. Tying the conference record last week and being named Big XII Player of the Week after an 18 catch performance for 267 receiving yards, Doctson hopes to duplicate last season’s performance at Texas (7 catches for 115 yards). Running back Aaron Green should continue to see daylight through the swiss cheese defense of Texas. He has posted back to back 100-yard games.

PREDICTION: TCU 48 – Texas 24