1. TCU WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Just assume that TCU and head coach Gary Patterson are able to figure it all out and get back to form.
The defense might have to replace a slew of key parts, but the factory that’s so good at developing talent should kick in with another good front seven to go along one of the Big 12’s most effective secondaries.
It’s the other side of the ball that’s the concern.
The running backs are good, the receivers are fine as long as Jalen Reagor is being Jalen Reagor, and the line has the talent and experience to be outstanding. There are plenty of quarterback options, but one of them has to be good enough to make it all go.
It’ll all come together in a bounceback season, because that’s what TCU does.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Go 4-8 in 2013? Tweak and adjust the offense, and win 23 games over the following two seasons.
Go 6-7 in 2016? Tweak and adjust the defense, and win 11 games in 2017.
The schedule is going to be a problem with road games at Purdue, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma, and with home dates against Texas, Baylor and West Virginia. But the Horned Frogs will be good enough to win at least five of those, get to eight wins – more likely nine – and be in the Big 12 title chase until the finish.