Sure, the Horned Frogs are ranked, but it’s also impossible to fully understand TCU – and why it is ranked – without looking out the team’s schedule thus far.
The Horned Frogs have beaten up on two saps – SMU and Samford (FCS) – but have played one impressive game – albeit that definition can change based on the viewer.
Despite being undefeated through the first three games for the seventh time in the past 12 seasons, the real season starts now for TCU.
“They know what's coming,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said after the Horned Frogs’ most recent rout of nearby rival SMU, 56-0. “We did what we needed to do.”
Oklahoma heads to Fort Worth on Saturday for a matchup of two of the Big 12’s five ranked teams. “Coach says get ready for the games you're supposed to win, and the big games will take care of themselves," TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin said. "We will probably be up on the little things because we have a better opponent coming to town next week.”
Boykin will be a man under fire, but he’s spent much of his career that way. A threat with his legs, Boykin wasn’t much of a passer to start the year.
He’s improved and has now thrown for eight touchdowns and is averaging nearly 300 yards passing per game. He also leads the Horned Frogs in rushing yards.
TCU scored 42 points in two quarters against SMU as its offense, widely considered to the weaker of its two main units, has proved it can execute when it has to against lesser competition.
How well Boykin and TCU can execute in their Big 12 Conference opener will be a much more difficult exam.
There’s still that defense though, which is currently ranked second in the nation in points allowed.