2018 Football Preview – Big 12 – Horned Frogs
Looking for 2018 TCU Horned Frogs predictions? TCU had a big rebound season last year, winning 11 games overall and participating in the Big 12 Championship Game. Coming into the season they are not getting a lot of buzz but without Baker Mayfield at Okalahoma (who beat them twice) they might be a nice sleeper pick in the conference this season. They do have to sort out their own QB situation though.
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2018-18 College Football Preview – TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
2018 Record: 11-3
TCU Horned Frogs Odds to win the 2018 FBS Championship: +6600
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It seems like nobody is focused on Fort Worth right now which is probably just the way they like it.
2018 TCU Horned Frogs Predictions: Team Strengths
Turn Them Loose: TCU is at its best when it is being led by it defense. Last year they finished tops in the conference across the board and six starters return.
Up front Ben Banogu is a senior who has 8.5 sacks last season. He is a terror off the edge.
Ty Summers at linebacker and Niko Small at safety are two players who are worth all conference mention. All three of these guys are seniors so the defense has plenty of leadership.
Kizer was much more efficient in the spring game, but it’s unknown who will get the starting job. However, having this dilemma is quite the blessing as either QB can lead this team to an impressive season.
All About Explosion: There may be some questions about the offense but there no doubting that they have a number of big play guys.
Chief among them is KaVontae Turpin who is capable of taking it to the house on any run, catch or return.
Jaelan Austin and Jale Reagor are two receivers who are going to get a chance to catch a lot of balls and run. Both averaged more than 16 yards per catch last season.
2018 TCU Horned Frogs Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Do they have a QB?: Kenny Hill was no Trevone Boykin but at least he had some experience and some fearlessnes. This year the position is a big unknown.
It seems likely the job will go to Shawn Robinson. He tan the ball well in limited action as a freshman but throwing was so much his specialty.
Justin Rogers was a four star recruit as a dual threat and he might have the highest ceiling of any QB on the roster but he is a true freshman.
Making matter more challenging is that there is not a lot of experience on the roster overall with just three starters returning.
Two are on the offensive line and one at receiver. That is hardly an embarrassment of riches.
This team will have to be led by the defense early and might struggle all season to identify an offensive identity.
TCU Horned Frogs Prediction: 9-3
TCU has a chance to make a huge statement early when they take on Ohio State in Arlington…but that is likely a loss.
If Texas is truly on the up and up then that is likely a loss at Austin the following week too.
Beyond that only Oklahoma might trip them up if they improve the way I think they will over the course of the season.
There is no doubt in my mind the defense will be very good again. As the season progresses, and they find a QB, or if, they could find themselves knocking on 10 or more wins again.
2018 TCU Horned Frogs Football Schedule
- 9/1/18 12:00 PM ET Southern
- 9/7/18 8:00 PM ET @SMU
- 9/15/18 8:00 PM ET Ohio State
- 9/22/18 TBD @Texas
- 9/29/18 TBD Iowa State
- 10/11/18 7:30 PM ET Texas Tech
- 10/20/18 TBD Oklahoma
- 10/27/18 TBD @Kansas
- 11/3/18 TBD Kansas State
- 11/10/18 TBD @West Virginia
- 11/17/18 TBD @Baylor
- 11/24/18 TBD Oklahoma State
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