Army TCU 10 things to watch

The Army Black Knights host the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday. Here are 10 things to watch for during the game.

1. Can Army quarterback David Pevoto get it together: Let's hope so. Army coach Bobby Ross has been patient with the first-year starter. But could TCU serve as Pevoto's last shot? It might be if he puts up numbers like he did against Connecticut lat week.

Pevoto completed just 16-of-30 passes for 155 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. He had 32 yards after the third quarter.

2. Can Army run the ball against TCU: It could be difficult. The Horned Frogs are ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense (62.8 yards per game), but Army has ran the ball on TCU the past two years. If they can't run, that just puts more pressure on Pevoto.

3. Will Army finally pull off the big win: The Black Knights have been so close to upsetting TCU the past two years. Army, in the midst of an 18-game losing streak, led the Horned Frogs 17-0 late in the third quarter in 2004, before losing 21-17. The Black Knights trailed by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter during a 38-17 loss to TCU last year. TCU is 5-0 versus the Black Knights all-time.

4. TCU's two-headed monster: It could be worse. TCU could be coming at Army with a three-headed monster, but running back Robert Merrill is out with a back injury. That leaves talented backs Lonta Hobbs and Aaron Brown. Brown was a Freshman All-American last season and Hobbs entered this year 2,406 career yards. He missed most of last year with a groin injury.

5. Is TCU rusty: The Horned Frogs are coming off a 16-day break. It's the longest gap between regular-season games for TCU since 1930. The Horned Frogs have played just twice in the last 34 days.

6. Does Army defensive end Cameron Craig play: Let's hope so. Army is already without starting defensive end Brandon Thompson and defensive tackle Travis Prikryl. Craig sustained a sprained ankle against UConn last week. He is our best defensive player.

We need him against TCU. You have to think 'The Warrior' will find a way to play.

7. Does Army free safety Jordan Murray return: He was supposed to be the new stud on Army's defense. However, he hasn't played since Arkansas State, due to a hamstring injury. Our spies tell us he's practiced this week. That's a good sign. Let's hope the hammy holds up.

8. Will TCU air the ball out: The Horned Frogs will certainly get the ball around the field. Fifteen different players have combined for TCU's 89 catches this season. Quentily Harmon leads the way with 24 receptions. He had 28 all of last year.

9. Which kicker will split the uprights: The Army-TCU game has been close the last two years, so it could come down to a field goal. Let's take a look at the prospective heroes. TCU kicker has converted 7-of-8 field goals this year and 20-of-21 in two seasons. Army's Austin Miller is 8-of-11 this season.

10. Is this a must win: Seems like it if Army wants to go bowling, Poinsettia Bowl style. A loss moves the Black Knights to 3-5 with tough games against Air Force, Notre Dame and Navy on the schedule. Tulane isn't a pushover, either. So let's go out and do this.

Go Army!
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