Pachall's loss is a big one, but I don't know exactly how big yet. He was playing like an All American, he was the best QB in the state, and at worst the second best in the conference. Though his ball security wasn't great, he had thrown only one INT all season and was running the offense better than last year, when TCU was able to keep possession of the ball at least. But in comes Trevone Boykin, he of the cannon for an arm and the wheels for feet. A young kid, who is impossibly talented, but who hasn't had the snaps to guarantee success on the big stage of the Big 12. Add in the media scrutiny, the National TV audience, and the vitriol of both Iowa State fans that will be in attendance, and it's a potentially a perfect storm of "oh s*@t".
|In Boykin We Trust.|
I think Boykin throws for 175+ and runs for another 100+. Like Pachall, his favorite target is Brandon Carter, but Boyce makes a big play and scores the game winning TD. Tucker gets it going just a little bit, with 60 yards rushing and three receptions for another 40 yards. Young QB's love their tight ends, and this is the game that Gilbert finally breaks out and scores his first TD.
I am hoping to see Deante Gray back returning punts - his instant offense can be a difference maker, and the field position battle becomes even bigger in light of recent events. Special teams will play a critical role this week - I believe the gaffs of the SMU monsoon are behind him, and Ethan Perry has a big game and swings the field multiple times.
Final score: TCU 24, Iowa State 20. Let's see your predictions in the comments - How many times with Patterson let Boykin air it out? Will the running game collect more than 150 yards combined? For those watching at home, what's the over/under on how many times the words "Pachall" and "Drugs" are used in the same sentence on the broadcast (I am thinking at least 20)? How dumb is the name Steele Jantz and how super douchey is that brah? And of course final score.