Meet sophomore running back B.J. Catalon.
"Yeah, those are two of the more explosive players in the country," Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "And then you got Carter, who's out there making plays as a wideout, so they're very talented on offense."
Catalon's number does not get called a lot, but when it does, he makes the most of his carries. On a pass-heavy offense with a dual-threat quarterback, Catalon forces every defense to stay honest. Tech struggled to stop Catalon's up-the-gut running style a season ago when he averaged six yards per carry.
Catalon had 72 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown against Tech in 2012. He added three receptions for 19 yards
If Catalon can establish the run game, Tech will be in for a long day. Establishing the run game opens up the passing game. If Boykin can throw, his legs become even more of a factor. The key to shutting down Boykin is shutting down Catalon. If Catalon is shut down and Boykin can't run, TCU's offense becomes one-dimensional. Desperation passes can easily become turnovers and with the pressure Tech had against SMU, there may be many of those.
This game will rely on what the TCU offense can do. Trevone Boykin maybe the driver, but the ignition is in the running game and Catalon is the key.