The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the TCU Horned Frogs.
No. 22: TCU Horned Frogs
Spring Practice Starts: March 2
Spring Game: April 7
TCU Horned Frogs Spring Status
The Horned Frogs got back from a mediocre 2016 to win 11 games, get by Stanford in the Alamo Bowl, and play in the new version of the Big 12 Championship.
For the most part, the defense found its groove again – at least against just about everyone by Oklahoma – but the offense, while fine, wasn’t as consistent over the Big 12 season as it might have liked.
This might not be quite the same team as last year’s version, but there’s still a lot to like. QB Kenny Hill and RB Kyle Hicks are gone, but there are options and depth in the backfield. The line, though, is the concern.
The secondary should be the strength of the defense, with the offseason devoted to putting the right pieces in place for the front six. It’s TCU under Gary Patterson – the D will be fine.
TCU Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Offensive tackle. The quarterback fight between Shawn Robinson and Grayson Muehlstein will get plenty of attention, and finding some more receivers will be a must, but the O line needs the most work with four starters gone. Joseph Noteboom is gone from the left side, and Matt Pryor on the right. Sophomore Austin Myers and junior Lucas Niang will get the first look at both spots.
TCU Biggest Issue
Find more defensive stars. Six of the top nine tacklers might be back, but three of the top four are gone. LB Travin Howard, top pass rusher Mat Boesen, and safety Nick Orr are all done, and the team’s best corner, Anthony Texada, has to be replaced.
TCU Biggest Positive
The ground game should be excellent, at least as long as the offensive line comes together right away. Hicks might be done, but leading rusher Darius Anderson is back along with the pounding Sewo Olonilua are a good place to start. Throw in the mobility of Robinson – assuming he takes over the quarterback gig – and the numbers will be there.
Really, Why Are The TCU Horned Frogs Ranked Here?
The defense can’t slip back into 2016 mode, and the offense has to keep on rolling even with all the new parts. This might not be a threat to make noise in the College Football Playoff chase again, but it should be right back in the Big 12 title hunt.