5. Come out and match Baylor’s intensity
Baylor is going to come out flying against the Horned Frogs and TCU is going to have to match that initial explosion of emotion by the Bears. Keep this in mind though, Gary Patterson coached teams have always been able to bring their A-game on the road. With Baylor hosting the Frogs for the first Big 12 game in McLane Stadium, expect there to be fireworks from both teams. If TCU can match Baylor’s intensity, they have a great shot at the upset win.
4. Pressure Bryce Petty
I don’t know of a single QB that likes to get hit. And the good news for TCU fans is the fact that the Frog defense loves to lay the lumber to opposing QB’s. Bryce Petty looked shaky last week vs. Texas when he completed just 7/22 passes for 111 yards. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying that Baylor was holding anything back for the Frogs. The Bears were only leading 7-0 in the 3rd quarter and Texas was getting to Petty with a physical defensive front. The TCU front should fare even better this week and if they do, TCU could escape with the victory.
3. Protect Boykin
I used this as a key last week vs. Oklahoma and it held true. The offensive line did an outstanding job of keeping Boykin upright and giving the gifted athlete time to operate and create. If they can do that again, against an improved Baylor defense, expect Boykin to put up impressive numbers and lead the Frogs to the win. A win at Baylor, combined with a nice looking stat line could vault Boykin in to the Heisman Trophy conversation going forward.
2. Force tempo and establish dominance with the ground attack
This may be the week that you see TCU show just how diverse they really are now on offense. Baylor will try to stuff the run and force TCU to beat them through the air, but the Frogs can add pressure early to Baylor if they get the ground game going. B.J. Catalon, Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks and Trevorris Johnson could all have an impact in this game. If the Frogs can gash Baylor early on the ground, the passing game will open up and the Bears will be in trouble.
1. Shut down Shock Linwood.
Bryce Petty gets the majority of the headlines, but Shock Linwood makes the offense churn. Control Linwood, and you have a better chance of shutting down the rest of the offense. Petty looks to be dinged so the Frogs should unleash maximum pressure on him early and often. He’ll likely lean on the running game early on. With a knack for stuffing explosive running games, the Frogs need to hold true to their reputation on the big stage. The nation will be watching and TCU can make a huge statement by shutting down Linwood and the Baylor ground attack.