2016 Football Preview – Big 12 – Horned Frogs
Looking for 2016 TCU Horned Frogs predictions? In getting ready to write this preview I pulled up TCU’s won-loss record since coach Gary Patterson took over. In 15 full seasons as the head man at TCU he has had 10 years with 10 or more victories.
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NCAA Division: Big 12
2015/16 Record: 11-2
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
TCU Horned Frogs Futures Odds
Odds to win B12: +500
Odds to win National Championship: 34/1
Win Total: 8.5
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So even though they are replacing their top offensive players from a year ago there has to be a lot of confidence in Fort Worth that this will remain one of the top programs in America.
Further, with Baylor taking a hit in the offseason the Horned Frogs might be the the biggest threat to Oklahoma’s pursuit of another Big 12 title and trip to the playoffs.
TCU under Patterson has been able to adapt and thrive more than any program in America. Their outlook coming into the season is very good.
2016 TCU Horned Frogs Predictions: Team Strengths
The offense exploded the last couple of season due to the versatility of QB Trevone Boykin and the willingness of coach Patterson to really open things up.
That willingness is still there but this season the Horned Frogs are likely to be more like a traditional Patterson team that will dominate with defense.
Last season they lost key defensive players every which way but this season there are 7 starters returning including all league Josh Carraway.
Isaiah Chambers is a highly thought of recruit at rush end and those kinds of players do not have to wait long to make an impact so this defense can be at least a FG better in terms of points allowed, taking the pressure off the offense just a little while making it easier for TCU to close out games.
2016 TCU Horned Frogs Predictions: Team Weaknesses
When the offense exploded a couple of years ago it was by explicit directive, the question now is how much of that success was by design vs. tied to the amazing development of Boykin.
We will definitely find out this season as the offense returns just one starter.
I am confident the skill positions will be well manned and of the scheme is the things there is no reason why Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill, or Foster Sawyer, cannot have a lot of success in it.
Neither will be the running threat that Boykin was but this offense could still be top 20 (though probably not Top 10 like it was a year ago).
There is a lot of continuity on the sidelines but the players still have to make it happen on the field so a bit of a dip is to be expected
TCU Horned Frogs Prediction
This is the time of year for a lot of ifs. For example, if the Horned Frogs really get their defense cranked up and if the offense is still pretty good they could go undefeated.
I know that seems like a stretch but they have their toughest conference and nonconference games at home this season (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas) and their road tilts are manageable.
Maybe visiting Baylor could still be a thriller but right now it is anyone’s guess about that team and Texas is another team that is hard to forecast but today looks like it can be beaten.
That is obviously a best case scenario but one that is factoring in my thinking that there is some great value with TCU this season, especially on those odds to win the conference (+500) and eclipse 8.5 wins, something they have done in six of the last eight season.
I am bullish on TCU being more like a Top 15 team sniffing the playoffs this season, rather than just the Top 25.
2016 TCU Horned Frogs Football Schedule
- 9/3/16 8:00 PM ET SDST
- 9/10/16 7:00 PM ET ARK
- 9/17/16 12:00 PM ET ISU
- 9/23/16 TBD @SMU
- 10/1/16 TBD OKLA
- 10/8/16 TBD @KU
- 10/22/16 TBD @WVU
- 10/29/16 TBD TTU
- 11/5/16 TBD @BAY
- 11/19/16 TBD OKST
- 11/25/16 4:30 PM ET @TEX
- 12/3/16 TBD KSU
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