TCU HORNED FROGS (3-2, 1-1)
GAMEDAY: Oct. 11 at Amon G Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
2017 RECORD: 11-3, 6-3 Big 12 Conference
RETURNING STARTERS: 13 (OFFENSE 5, DEFENSE 6, ST 2)
HEAD COACH: Gary Patterson (18th Season, 163-59 overall and at TCU)
SCHOOL OVERALL RECORD: 647-543-57
BOWL RECORD: 17-15
LAST APPEARANCE: 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl (No. 15 TCU 39, No. 13 Stanford 37)
SERIES RECORD: Texas Tech leads 31-26-2
LAST MEETING: Nov. 18, 2017 (TCU 27, Texas Tech 3)
Gary Patterson is the Dean of Big 12 coaches. He is also a defensive genius. He has had 10 days to prepare for the nation’s top offense (Texas Tech). Patterson has actually been watching Kansas City Chiefs games to look for possible wrinkles that the Red Raiders might present on Thursday night’s nationally televised game on ESPN.
What about the old adage, “what happens when the unstoppable force (Texas Tech’s offense) meets the immovable object (TCU’s defense)?” Can TCU stop the nation’s top offense? The Horned Frogs do have the No. 8 defense. It is definitely not the days of three yards and a cloud of dust back in the old Southwest Conference.
Alan Bowman is expected to return for Texas Tech, but it is unknown who will start for the Red Raiders. Will it be Bowman, Jett Duffey or week one starter McLane Carter? TCU is basically preparing for three different quarterbacks.
TCU will need to slow down Tech, as the Red Raiders are averaging five plays of 25 yards or more per game. Seven of those 27 plays have resulted in scores for the Texas Tech.
If the TCU offense does not have a good night, it could be a long night for Patterson and Horned Frogs.
MVP SO FAR: TCU linebacker Garrett Wallow heads up a stout TCU defense. The sophomore from New Orleans has racked up 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one pass breakup, and two quarterback hurries. He is an aggressive linebacker that is a ballhawk. But Wallow was also called for targeting against Ohio State earlier this season.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Senior wideout Kavontae Turpin is a “jack of all trades” weapon for the Horned Frogs. The senior from Monroe, La., is averaging 108 all-purpose yards per game. He has 28 rushing yards, 228 through the air, 145 on punt returns and 139 on kick returns. He has the speed to test the Red Raider secondary.
DID YOU KNOW: TCU has an eight-game home winning streak. The Horned Frogs are 84-19 in 18 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU went 6-0 in Amon G. Carter Stadium last season for its third perfect campaign at home in the last four seasons.
QUOTE TO NOTE: TCU head coach Gary Patterson – “[Texas Tech] has run some plays that the Chiefs have run, so we’ve prepared for about everything we possibly thought we could see. The way [Texas Tech] is doing the RPOs (run/pass options) and all the different offensive things they’re doing in Kansas City then it’s… I like my job, so you do whatever you have to do.”
STILL NEEDS WORK: As good as the TCU defense has been, the offense has been somewhat lackluster … average at best. Their offensive balance is 55 percent run and 45 percent pass. Texas Tech is similar with 47 percent rushing and 53 percent passing.
For TCU to have success against Tech’s high-octane offense they will need to slow the Red Raiders down in the first half. Texas Tech is 3-1 when it scores in the first quarter this season. TCU is 1-2 when its opponents score in the first quarter. Conversely, when TCU scores in the first quarter, the Horned Frogs are just 1-2.
TCU’s offense is predicated on time of possession. The Horned Frogs are 2-1 in five games when they win the time battle.