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TCU OPPONENT PREVIEW: Baylor Bears

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

At long last– football season is upon us.  In mere days the Frogs travel to Waco to face the Bears in the last of a four-game series that begin in 2006.  Baylor is 0-3 so far in the series; below the jump is a position-by-position analysis of the 2011 Bears, including the Purple Wimple prediction for the game.

BAYLOR SET 55 OFFENSIVE school records last year, among them total offense (6,179 yards), passing yards (3,649), yards-per-rush (a very respectable 5.4) and total points (405).  Much of the machinery for that record-setting offense returns, giving it more than a leg up on the defense, which is not only learning new schemes, but replacing six of its top seven tacklers. (more…)

TCU 2011 Preview: Offense

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Gary Patterson told SI.com that the way to have a good defense is to have a good offense.  No joke– the guru of defense gurus in college said,

“The biggest stat for me, as long as you are not giving up big plays, is the amount of plays that you are on the field. We have averaged less than 60 plays. … It is more of a team concept. … you have to be able to control the football and get people off the field. I have always felt like if you play a 60-play game and 30 of those plays you had a better call than what the offense did, then you are limiting them to 30 plays to be able to score and do things. The less time they spend on the field, the better.”

Sounds simple, when Andy Dalton, Jake Kirkpatrick, Marcus Cannon, Jeremy Kerley, and Jimmy Young are all on the field.  But with a new crew taking the reins, will TCU still be able control the football? (more…)

2011 TCU Preview: Defense, Special Teams

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2011 at 10:18 am

“Best in the nation”– it’s beginning to feel like a birthright for the TCU defense, which has brought home that hardware three years running.  No team has done it four times running, at least not since the NCAA started keeping stats.  Every year the savants say TCU must replace too much talent to do it again, and (so far) the savants have been wrong, and then wrong again.  Can the Frogs make history, while (again!) making other teams cry?

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TCU 2011 Outlook– Schedule

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Seventh time’s a charm; TCU tours the Mountain West one last time in 2011.

The Frogs open 2011 with a pair of very similar road games.  Both come against familiar foes—Baylor has played TCU three times since 2006, including last year’s “game” in Fort Worth.  Air Force has been a conference opponent for seven years running.  Both opponents feature senior quarterbacks, experienced skill players, and aggressive defenses, and both teams need to recover some dignity after suffering thorough beatdowns in Fort Worth last season.  TCU cannot afford a loss at either opponent if it wishes to play in a meaningful bowl, and needs to settle a lot of first-time starting jitters—without the benefit of a cupcake opponent at home.

The Frogs’ success in Waco and in Colorado Springs, perhaps more than its other opponents in the first half of the season, will hinge on how successfully Casey Pachall can leverage success on the ground into success in the air.  This was the formula by which Andy Dalton led TCU to the fore of the Mountain West, and will be the key to Pachall continuing the Frogs’ dominance in that conference for a final year.  So the question on this first pair of road games is going to be, after the threshold questions of basic competence about which Frogs fans have every reason to be confident, how well will the offensive line keep Baylor’s and Air Force’s pass-rush out of the pocket, and how well will the line blow open holes for TCU’s parade of talented tailbacks? (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Defense

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Gary Patterson’s defenses have been the stingiest in the nation three years running; to claim a fourth consecutive title, TCU’s redshirt freshmen in the secondary will have to grow up fast, and the new starters on the defensive line will have to live up to their billing.  All of this uncertaintly doesn’t seem to have ruffled any feathers in Fort Worth.  “Over the last fourteen years we’ve taught it the same way,” Patterson said early in the spring. “The same coverage got taught today, blitz package, yesterday we taught the tackling drill without pads on. You have to have a starting point, you got to see how much a team can grow in fifteen days.”

Senior end Braylon Broughton looked good this spring. (more…)