TCU 28, Arkansas 7: 3 Quick Game Thoughts
Check out 3 Quick Game Thoughts on TCU’s impressive win over Arkansas
TCU 28, Arkansas 7
1. It wasn’t scintillating, and it wasn’t amazing, but TCU came up with a very smart, very tough, and very, very good win on the road against a good SEC team.
The passing game might not have been great – Kenny Hill didn’t throw a touchdown pass and gave up a pick – but it was offset by a brilliant day from the defense and a tough-enough performance form the running game.
TCU just beat an SEC team by three touchdowns on the road. Don’t give it a second thought how it looked.
2. A Bret Bielema team just lost to a team that played tougher and more physical. And that’s the problem. The entire point of having Bielema as the head coach is to have a power running game that can offset other problems – and win games like this.
Maybe it’s a blind spot against TCU. Bielema famously forgot about using an amazing Badger ground game until it was too late in the 21-19 Wisconsin loss to TCU in the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Against the Horned Frogs this time around, TCU owned the time of possession by almost eight minutes, ran for for 66 more yards, and was tougher and better overall. Arkansas needs to figure out how to become a bully.
3. And now, Arkansas has a huge problem. The Hogs needed this win, because Texas A&M is up next, and soon after come South Carolina and Alabama on the road, and Auburn at home. Starting the season 2-5 isn’t out of the question.
And now, TCU has a new swagger. The Horned Frogs needed this win, because a road trip to Oklahoma State is coming up soon, and then West Virginia, and then a trip to Kansas State. Now, TCU showed it can win big on the road in a tough environment. Winning like this in Fayetteville mattered.