Here is everything you need to know about the Big 12 opener in Austin, TX in our Texas vs. TCU preview and prediction.
When: Saturday September 22nd @ 3:30 P.M. CT
Where: DKR Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas
Radio: Texas/TCU IMG Network
QB Shawn Robinson- So Far this season, Shawn has thrown for 644 yards and 5 touchdowns on 3 picks. He has completed 61.3% of his passes through 3 games and has had his ups and downs so far this season. If TCU can’t run the ball at will, then they will have to rely behind the arm of Shawn Robinson to get the ball to his playmakers.
WR KaVontae Turpin- The jack of all trades for this Horned Frog offense. KaVontae has rare speed and can take it the distance anytime he touches the football. Against a good Texas defense, TCU will have to get a little creative getting the football to their playmakers. Whatever offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie decides to do, it will most likely involve getting Turpin the football.
DE Ben Banogu- This needs to be one of those games where Ben takes over and causes havoc on Texas QB Sam Ehlinger. He is one of the best defensive players in the Big 12 and even after a slow start, he still has all the tools to cut loose.
QB Sam Ehlinger- Through 3 games, Sam had thrown for 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, he is only completing about 56% of his passes. He has certainly had some up and downs so far this season but if Texas is going to win this game, Sam will need to put together one heck of a game.
WR Collin Johnson- It’s about time that Collin Johnson unleashes his potential in this offense. Standing at 6’6 220 pounds, Collin has the ability to go up and get the football. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen it much since he arrived at Texas. He has had his moments but now in his third year, it is time to have a bigger role in the offense.
LB Gary Johnson- This Texas linebacker will have his hands full not only trying to slow down TCU RB Darius Anderson but TCU QB Shawn Robinson as well. Gary had a fantastic game last weekend against USC and will need to bring that same type of effort against a tough Horned Frog team.
Who Can Throw the Football?
I really believe this will be a low scoring game thanks the Gary Patterson and Todd Orlando. Both defenses are solid, and I can easily see both offenses struggling to run the football. That means someone is going to have to make some plays with their arm and getting the football to the wide outs. TCU has Jalen Reagor and KaVontae Turpin while Texas has Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Those guys are going to be crucial in this game along with both quarterbacks. Whether it’s taking shots downfield to these guys or short passes, get them the football. In a hard-nosed defensive battle, one of these teams will have to make some big plays in the passing game to come out on top.
TCU 27 Texas 24
Like I said earlier, it’s going to be a defensive battle and a close game. TCU has beaten Texas 4 straight times and they are looking to make it 5 straight. After a loss to Ohio State, Gary Patterson will have his guys ready to play in this one. For Texas, I am not completely sold on them just yet. Yes, they beat USC, but that USC team was bad. A win over TCU would mean a lot more than a win over USC but I just trust TCU more at this point to get the victory.
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