5. Weather the storm
The Oklahoma Sooners are going to come out on fire and TCU has to be able to match their intensity. That shouldn’t be a problem considering what it would mean to TCU to knock off the #3 Sooners and add to that, the fact that Amon G. Carter will be rocking Saturday afternoon. Everything is there for the taking and TCU can start making some serious noise this weekend.
4. Establish the running game/Protect Boykin
I listed these two together because they both fall on the offensive line. OU’s strength is their physical defensive line and TCU’s weakness, has been their offensive line. Now, TCU’s o-line has improved since last year, but they’ll need to play their best game yet if TCU has any hope at all to pull the upset. Boykin has been kept clean for the most part through 3 games, but OU will bring pressure unlike anything the Frogs have seen this year.
3. Don’t get beat deep.
TCU’s defense has been lights out, and many feel like their run defense is one of the things that will keep the Frogs in this game. The Frogs should be able to slow the powerful Sooner ground game, but they can’t make mental mistakes in the secondary and allow OU to get deep on them to nullify their work up front. Ranthony Texada will get his first major test but just like a week ago, the Horned Frog safeties will be expected to pick up any slack. Trevor Knight hasn’t been completing a high percentage of his passes this year and TCU can’t afford to let him get hot throwing the ball.
2. Contain Trevor Knight
Trevor Knight hasn’t been running the ball much in 2014, but don’t let that fool you. He’s just the type of QB that can give the Frogs’ defense fits if he can break a couple of solid runs. Knight has carried the ball just 14 times through 4 games, but he’s amassed 69 yards (4.93 ypc) and 2 TD’s while doing so. This could be the type of game where he carries it 8-10 times. Through the air, Knight is only completing 58.5% of his passes with 4 TD’s and 3 INT’s but again, he’s made big plays when it counts. TCU’s defense will have to keep him in the pocket and force him to make throws while his feet are moving. Making him uncomfortable in the pocket will help TCU out on the back end.
1. Seize the opportunity
Coming off of a 4-8 season, not much was expected of the Frogs nationally. With a win Saturday, TCU can firmly place themselves in the discussion for the College Football Playoffs this year. There’s still a lot of football to be played, but why not TCU? All you have to do is look to last season when the Auburn Tigers turned around a 3-9 team in 2012 and went to the BCS Championship game in 2013, finishing with a 12-2 record. TCU has proven again that they have the defense, but it’s the offensive improvement that’s allowing TCU fans to dare to dream. In order for this to happen, TCU has to step up to the plate on the national stage and prove that they belong. There’s no better time to impress the country than a nationally televised game on Fox. These chances only come around a couple of times a year, you have to go out and take it.