5 Keys to Victory vs. Ole Miss

The #6 TCU Horned Frogs will square off with the #9 Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday and TCU is hoping to make a statement nationally with a victory over a highly respected opponent.

5. Contain Bo Wallace

The TCU Horned Frogs have struggled with Dual-threat quarterbacks in the past and they’ll need to keep Ole Miss signal caller Bo Wallace in check if they want to pull out the victory. On the season, the senior leader has completed 61.2 % of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. On the ground, Wallace has added 213 yards and 5 more scores. After 5 straight games with at least 32 yards rushing in each contest, Wallace finished his last 3 games with 14 carries for -5 yards combined. In the Rebels’ first loss of the season, a 10-7 setback to LSU, Wallace completed just 14/33 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception. TCU needs to force that kind of pressure on the big senior to force him in to making a game changing mistake.

4. Neutralize Evan Ingram

When Ole Miss lost Laquon Treadwell to a season ending injury, Evan Engram, along with other receivers on the roster, were asked to fill his shoes and to produce. While others have done an admirable job, Ingram has really turned heads from his “TE” position. The term tight end fits loosely here as Ingram has proven to be a nightmare to cover from multiple formations. The 6’3” 227 pound sophomore is really more of a big, physical receiver than he is a tight end, averaging 17.6 ypc on 37 receptions. His 5 career TD’s make him a threat in the red zone as well.

3. Find a way to score 30 points

The magic number in this game is 30. If TCU scores 30 points, they’ll win. The Rebels have given up 30 points or more just twice this season, but they lost both games. While the offense has averaged 30.4 ppg, the Rebel defense has allowed just 13.8 ppg. They gave up 35 to Auburn in a loss and 30 to Arkansas in a blowout loss but TCU comes in averaging 46.8 ppg. While the Frogs scored 30 or more points in all 12 games this year, this will be their toughest test to date. Score 30 one more time in 2014 and TCU is looking at a 12-1 season and an impressive bowl victory over an SEC team.

2. Take the crowd out of the game

TCU has played in a handful of loud environments this season, but the 71,000 plus in the Georgia Dome on December 31st might be the loudest they’ll have faced all year. Although TCU has sold out their allotment of tickets, the crowd is expected to be much larger in favor of Ole Miss and with the domed stadium, focus and communication will be major keys. TCU needs to take the crowd out of it early like they have all season long when they’ve jumped on their opponents right out of the gate. A quick 14-0 lead could give the Frogs the boost they’ll need to win in such a hostile environment.

1. Treat this game like a playoff game

While TCU fell short of making it to the inaugural college football playoffs in 2014, they can set themselves up nicely for a national title run in 2015 by dispatching of the Rebels. If TCU is able to put the disappointment behind them, they’ll see that they have the opportunity to make waves nationally heading in to next season with a victory on Wednesday. Outside of the two playoff games, the TCU/Ole Miss bowl game is the most intriguing matchup of the postseason and one that the Frogs need to treat like a must win from the opening kickoff.


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