2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The TCU Offense
Just find a way to keep things moving and stop turning the ball over. This won’t be a machine like the 2014 or 2015 attacks, but it at least has to be able to go on more productive drives. The offense went from No. 1 in the Big 12 in third down conversion percentage in 2017 to dead last in the league last year. The Horned Frog O converted just 37% of its chances and was under 30% in each of its last four and six of its last eight games. Also, for a team that’s not going to be Oklahoma when it comes to cranking up the production, there can’t be 26 turnovers again.
Biggest Key To The TCU Defense
The pass rush has to emerge from the new starting ends. After generating 85 sacks over the previous two seasons, the pas rush slowed down a bit last year with just 35 sacks. The producers who came up with 25 of those are gone, including Ben Banogu and LJ Collier on the ends along with LB Ty Summers. South Carolina grad transfer Shameik Blackshear should be a big help, and junior Brandon Bowen and redshirt freshman Ochaun Mathis have to play roles right away.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Alex Delton, Sr.
Or Justin Rogers, or Mike Collins, or Max Duggan. Someone has to take over the starting quarterback job and make it his – and that includes being lucky at staying healthy. Duggan is the wild-card, with the mobility and accuracy to become the face of the franchise for the next few seasons, and Delton is the veteran grad transfer from Kansas State who’s looking to up his passing game a bit. Delton can run, and he’s experienced, but he needs to show something big in fall camp to be the answer. It’ll be a battle throughout August for the gig.
Key Game To The TCU Season
Texas, October 26
Even in a relatively down year, TCU was able to beat Iowa State and Kansas State. Those two showdowns are on the road after starting out the Big 12 season against Kansas, and the Horned Frogs have to start out 3-0 if it’s going to have any realistic hopes of playing for the conference title. They won four straight over Texas before losing 31-16 in Austin last year, but this time it’s in Fort Worth. After this, they still have to deal with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma on the road.
– TCU Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 TCU Fun Stats
– Sacks: TCU 35 for 195 yards – Opponents 16 for 109 yards
– Penalties: TCU 73 for 575 yards – Opponents 56 for 508 yards
– Points Per Game: TCU 23.54 – Opponents 23.08