5 Keys to Victory vs. West Virginia

The #7 TCU Horned Frogs are squaring off with the #20 West Virginia Mountaineers and the winner will be one step closer to a Big 12 title and a possible slot in the inaugural College Football Playoffs. How can TCU pull out the victory? Find out here.

5. Bring your own emotion

Morgantown is one of the toughest places to play in all of college football. If the TCU Horned Frogs hope to escape with a win, they’ll need to rally around each other and do their 1/11 as Coach Patterson has taught them. The weather could be a factor but the Frogs will need to fight through the adversity, weather the storm and make plays when they have a chance. The weather might take the crowd out of it a little bit, but make no mistake, the Mountaineer fans will be ready.

4. Protect the football Trevone Boykin is becoming a national story and the Heisman talk has started to heat up, but it can all go away with a loss today. TCU is +12 in the turnover department this season as opposed to West Virginia, who comes in at -12. The Frogs need to protect the football and extend drives and in doing so, they should pull out the win. Boykin has been lights out this year as he’s thrown only 3 interceptions all year and he’ll need another solid performance today to lead the Frogs one step closer to the College Football Playoffs.

3. Control the line of scrimmage

Texas Tech blitzed Trevone Boykin a lot last week and he can expect more of the same from West Virginia this weekend. The TCU offensive line is much improved this season but they’ll need to play their best game yet to give Boykin the time he needs to operate effectively. The Mountaineer defense is much improved and they thrive on bringing pressure but TCU can neutralize their attack by picking up the extra blitzers and by running the ball effectively. Follow the OU blueprint and pound the rock.

2. Hit Trickett often and disrupt his rhythm

Clint Trickett is having a monster season, completing 68% of his passes for 2,763 yards and 17 touch downs with only 5 interceptions. If TCU wants to disrupt the West Virginia offense, they have to get to Trickett and make force him in to making bad decisions. The Horned Frog defensive line has been effective all season but a few well timed blitzes could be the difference in this game today.

1. Live in the moment and don’t look ahead

This is a huge game and with a win, an even bigger game awaits next week for TCU. As the media spotlight gets brighter with each victory, TCU has to remember where they came from and keep the chip on their shoulder that they’ve played with all season. West Virginia is going to bring a lot of emotion and TCU better be able to match it early. These players have all wanted this since the day they committed to TCU, now it’s time that they go out and seize their opportunity.

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