5 Keys to Victory vs. Samford

What do the TCU Horned Frogs need to do in order to start the season 1-0? Come inside and check out our keys to victory against the Samford Bulldogs.

5.) Don't "play down" to the competition

Not to take anything away from Samford, but this is a game that TCU should win. The Bulldogs won't be a pushover, but the talent gap is large and the Frogs, even with a new offensive scheme, should win going away on Saturday. With so much excitement surrounding the program with the prospect of a new and more exciting offense, there shouldn't be a single player that doesn't come ready to play. Overlook Samford, and TCU will have an embarrassing season opening loss on their hands. The Frogs need to make an early season statement here.

4.) Score early, set the pace

This is a big one for several reasons. TCU can not afford to let Samford stick around and gain confidence. Even with a new offense and Samford returning a veteran defensive line, TCU should be able to move the ball. So many times last year, the Frogs found themselves trying to play catch up. This year, dictating the pace and forcing teams to play at their speed, will give the TCU offense a new look on that side of the ball.

3.) Don't allow Samford to get comfortable on offense

The TCU defense didn't lose much off of their vaunted defense, but what they'll look to improve in one key area in 2014. The Frogs must get better pressure on the QB. If TCU can bring consistent pressure, the Samford offensive line should be overmatched. Forcing the Bulldogs' QB to move around in the pocket and make throws before he's ready will be key. By applying heavy pressure, the defensive front can help Ranthony Texada ease into his starting position at CB.

2.) Execute on offense; no turnovers

Will the Frogs get off to a slow start on offense? It's entirely possible. The main thing will be to gain some consistency and build confidence within the new scheme. TCU may be tempted to not show too much in this game, but that would be a mistake in my opinion. The Frogs need to run their entire offense and see what it feels like to push the pace and score a lot of points. If the Frogs show through the first 3 quarters that they can move the ball and score, then they can let off a little in the 4th quarter, but this isn't the time to play conservative. Coach Meacham and Coach Cumbie need to attack early and get a good feel for what they can and can't do well.

1.) The O-line must protect both QB's

The nice, shiny new offense looks really good on paper. If you believe the reports coming out of fall camp, TCU has turned the corner on offense and they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2014. Now, the reality is, the Frogs offense will sputter again if there isn't major improvement along the offensive line. Samford's strength is their veteran defensive line so the men in the trenches will get an early test. The Frogs are massive all along the line this year, and for the first time in a couple of years, seem to have solid depth at every position. Now, they have to show it on the field. If the offensive line does their job, TCU rolls.

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