TCU was not overly impressive when they defeated Kansas on the road this past weekend, and coughing the ball up four times will be tough to overcome when they play against tougher competition.
The Jayhawks were able to throw for 303 yards passing against that usually intimidating Gary Patterson defense. TCU’s defense will be put to the test in this one.
Virginia is a hard-nosed offensive team that relies heavily on their running attack. By running attack we should just point the finger towards Perry Jones and Kevin Parks.
Many wondered if Mike London and the Wahoos were going to be for real this year after going 8-5 last season, but they were demolished by a ticked off Georgia Tech that is still frustrated over their loss to Virginia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets ambushed and absolutely gashed UVA for 461 yards and 7 rushing TD on 50 attempts!
It was complete domination and Texas Christian should take advantage by owning the line of scrimmages.
Matthew Tucker had issues hanging onto the football and Waymon James luckily is just as much of a threat out of the backfield. Perhaps instead of media outlets whining over the NFL officials or talking about the Boston Red Sox, they should slowly be talking about the Big 12!
TCU may be a notch behind Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia (don’t forget Kansas State), but this is the game where Casey Pachall can go bonkers.
He is a tremendous quarterback that can move around with the ability to thread the needle for 300-plus like it did against KU.
Receivers Skye Dawson, LaDarius Brown, Brandon Carter and Josh Boyce are quite the quartet of studs and they should be able to expose a UVA defense that is 70th in total defense (YPG) and 86th in scoring defense (30.33 PPG).
TCU could pick up some momentum here since they will likely be 7-0 heading into Stillwater at the end of October. After the Pokes host TCU, the brutality officially begins.
West Virginia (road), Kansas State, Texas (road, Thanksgiving night) and Oklahoma will be waiting to close out the season. All four of those schools could be ranked inside the BCS top 10 (save maybe Kansas State).
So while we may not find out a whole lot about these Horned Frogs this weekend, we should keep a close eye to see if they truly have the goods to compete with at the moment is the most underrated conference in America.
Note: Waymon James injured his knee against Kansas, has now been ruled out for the season!
Time: Noon Eastern
Experts Pick: TCU by 17.5
Danny V’s Pick: TCU 28, Virginia 13