|Iron Man Stansley Maponga, Captain All American Brandon Carter, Trevone Hulk Smash Boykin, Coach Thor Patterson, and RGIII looks like a girl.|
By now, you know the story - our program is bigger than any one player and any one season, and our Coach is a decent human being who values the lives of his kids more than the notches on his belt. Pachall is off to get the help he needs, and the team has been handed over to Boykin and Brown, for better or for worse, for 2012. So how will the team respond, now that they have had a week to prepare for the new guy(s) under center?
I think we were all hoping that the D would rally behind Boykin last week and carry the Frogs to a victory over Iowa State. That didn't really happen. Though they weren't a total mess, our secondary got burned for a few long pass completions and TCU wasn't able to consistently pressure the QB. They look unsettled and maybe a little unfocused, which isn't hard to understand after the shakeup they endured Thursday night/Friday morning. Now that the dust has settled and the decisions have been made, I expect to see the circling of the wagons that I hoped for a week ago. The Baylor offense is potent, but certainly hasn't gone up against a defensive unit that is capable of dominating the way the Frogs are. Baylor is going to put points on the board, but this ain't West Virginia, Bears. I have been waiting for Stansley Maponga to break out, and this seems like the game that the leader will step up and take over. Nick Florence is going to end up on his backside more than a couple times at the hands of Maponga and Fields. I also think Bumpas will be more aggressive with his unit, as he and Patterson try and find ways to change momentum and field position.
This is a game that could easily come down to special teams, and I am making the call for a punt block Saturday. It's time, TCU. As much as I would love to see Deante Gray returning punts, it's probably still Skye Dawson back there primarily, but this is a team he can break a big return or two on. Jaden Oberkrom has been a revelation, and his solid season continues as he knocks in a pair of big kicks late.
Offensively... well, Boykin did some really great things last week. He also made more than a few of the type of mistakes you expect a young kid put in an impossible situation at the last minute to make. He broke some big runs, made some nice passes, and had the team in a position to tie late. He and BJ Catalon both had some very untimely turnovers, but showed flashes of brilliance that should excite Frog Fans for the future. I think we have our first turnover free game of the season tomorrow - wishful thinking much? Boykin accounts for 350 yards of total offense and three TD's between the air and ground. Matt Brown gets at least 10 snaps and is effective. Carter and Boyce take over against Baylor's non-existent D and both have big scoring grabs. BJ Catalon will be big on the ground, with 75 yards rushing and no fumbles.
Final Score: TCU 34, Baylor 31. Good guys win.
Time for your predictions in the comments. Does TCU bounce back and avoid one of those... what are they called? Losing streaks I think? It's been so long I can't hardly remember. Will the Frogs HOLD ON TO THE FOOTBALL? How many tarps will the Bears have out? Two? Three? The entire upper bowl? Let's also hear your guesses for total yards of offense, mocking DUI signs, and of course final score.