Big 12: TCU Horned Frogs
Yeah, you already memory dumped the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl – possibly the worst sporting event of all-time that didn’t involve a death.
TCU managed to get by Cal 10-7, and while the bowl was the butt of too many jokes, it closed out an under-the-radar finishing kick to the Horned Frog season.
The offense didn’t work over the final ten games following the loss to Ohio State, scoring 17 points or fewer seven times and going on an ugly 2-6 run as the season started to slip away. But the Horned Frogs managed to pull off a 16-9 gut-check win at Baylor, got bowl eligible with a 31-24 victory over Oklahoma State, and finished with a winning season in the Cheez-It.
The team easily could have quit, and instead, it found a way to keep pushing.
Leave it to head coach Gary Patterson to adapt and adjust even further.
His team went 4-8 in 2013. The offensive tweaks were made, and the Horned Frogs won 23 games over the next two seasons.
The 2016 team struggled in a 6-7 season, and got to the Big 12 Championship the following season going 11-3.
This year, expect more out of an offense that has a better overall quarterback situation, a line that returns four starters, and with a passing game that should work around all-star receiver Jalen Reagor.
The secondary will be among the Big 12’s best, the run defense will be a wall, and there’s little concern over losing seven of the team’s top eight tacklers.
Texas and West Virginia have to come to Fort Worth, but road games at Purdue, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma won’t make this an easy season. But again, TCU has a way of figuring it out.
No one’s talking about the Horned Frogs now, but don’t be shocked if they make it two trips to the Big 12 Championship game in three seasons.