TCU comes to town representing probably the toughest match-up on the schedule for Texas. This is a battle of divergent styles. TCU is quick afoot and of mind. Texas is bigger, more physical, and maybe a bit more lumbering on the headsets. TCU is mentally tough. Texas has shown to be quite resilient under Herman’s tutelage.
Schedules for recruits and commits in week four of Texas high school football
Below are guys who were ranked in the composite top 100 for their senior year.
Prepare to be surprised at the amount of players who didn’t produce as you might have thought, though there is still time for guys in the most recent classes.
Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.
At this point TCU is starting to generate the kind of fear and anxiety in Texas fans that Oklahoma used to generate. Texas hasn’t beaten Oklahoma regularly this decade, but they’d done it at times and played them close since Mack left.
Not so with the Frogs.
The North Shore Mustangs have long been the Eastside Houston hegemon similar to their Westside counterparts, the Katy Tigers. That dominance won’t end any time soon as North Shore is on an amazing run of talent, even for them.
Texas fans don’t need to be reminded that TCU has owned the Horns for four consecutive years (the last Texas win was in 2013 against Patterson’s 4-8 team rocked by drug suspensions) outscoring Texas by an average of 38-8. Texas didn’t exceed ten points in any contest. I contend that they were all effectively over by halftime, though if you want to pretend that last year’s 24-7 loss was competitive, you’ll need to ignore that TCU effectively ran clock for an entire half of play once they staked a double digit lead. Progress, I guess.
I’ve got the table early this week, I realized it made more sense to chart it all while breaking down the film as part of my prep in writing the gameplan.
48-10. 50-7. 31-9. 24-7.
Texas’ current losing streak to the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs is indicative of a couple different things.
The Texas offense turned in a grinding win over USC, totaling 394 yards on 82 plays for a 4.8 yards per play average. While the Texas offense lacked explosiveness, it did a good job of creating first downs (25), limiting negative plays in the running game (3 out of 48 “standard” carries went for negative yardage) and converted on 11 of 20 3rd and 4th down opportunities. Pair that all with only one turnover (Daniel Young, big boy finisher back can’t fumble) and you have a very Kansas Statey sort of win where the offense excels enough in the margins to compensate for a fairly mundane big picture statistical snapshot and one is left wondering “How the hell did we blow these dudes out?”