5 Keys To Victory: Texas

TCU hosts Texas as the Longhorns return to Ft. Worth for the first time since 1994.

5. Play all 4 quarters with a sense of urgency

Enough with the slow starts already. Does this TCU team have a solid first half in them or will it be more another listless 24 minutes leading up to halftime? If TCU wants to get back on the right track, they need to come out firing on all cylinders against the Longhorns. Texas has taken a lot of heat from both the local and national media but the fact remains, they're 3-0 in conference play. TCU won on the road, in Austin, a year ago by playing a physical brand of football. They'll need a heavy dose of that for all 4 quarters in order to knock off the Longhorns.

4. Give the crowd a reason to believe

The TCU home crowd was a point of contention two weeks ago when Kansas was in town. With Texas in town, there's no reason that "The Carter" shouldn't be packed and rocking on Saturday night. If TCU wants to get the most out of a large crowd, they'll need to make things happen early to get the crowd into the game and to create a home field advantage. A loud, engaged audience can make all the difference in the world and it's up to TCU to provide enough excitement to whip the purple clad throng into a frenzy.

3. Keep Case McCoy in the pocket

Case McCoy has shown that he's more than capable of beating a solid opponent. With that in mind, TCU will need to limit the times McCoy breaks contain and gets outside the pocket to make plays with his feet. The Longhorns signal caller is an adequate runner but he's most dangerous when he can keep a play alive long enough with his legs for something to open up down-field. TCU needs to keep him in the pocket and force him to make plays in the passing game if they want to pull off the upset.

2. Convert better on 3rd downs

TCU has been atrocious when attempting to convert 3rd downs in 2013. It clearly doesn't help when you're consistently in 3rd and long situations but the Horned Frogs have to do better in this area. It's no secret that 3rd and 3 or 4 is much more manageable than 3rd in 8 or 9, but it's time for some play-makers to step up and make some plays. Sitting toward the bottom of the country in this category explains why TCU is 3-4 on the season

1. Run the ball

It sounds simple but it seems to never take hold; at least not over the last two years. When TCU went in to Austin in 2012, they only attempted 9 passes the entire game. Now, I think TCU will need to be more balanced than that this time around but the running game is still where TCU will make the most hay if they'll commit to it. All eyes will be on TCU's play calling and the team that runs the ball most effectively will win the game.


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