The amount of turmoil around the TCU Horned Frogs last season was a major distraction. The suspension of Casey Pachall put the team into a deep hole after starting 4-0. TCU would go just 3-6 in their final nine games and lost the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Pachall is back this season and that means TCU should be right back to their winning ways, in my opinion.
He threw for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns during those first four games before the problems arrived. There is always the possibility as well that Pachall doesn’t get his starting job back with Trevone Boykin still on the roster, but TCU is a better team with Pachall under center. I think that should have been obvious to anyone who has been watching over the past few years. There is a very tough task right off the bat with a game against LSU, but after that game brings some winnable contests.
I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the Horned Frogs finished 9-3 this coming year. There are two tough road games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but every other game is a game that the team can win. I have to believe that Pachall will be starting from day one and will remain there all season long. He needs to stay out of trouble, though. If he were to do something stupid again, the fault on this team not succeeding will be solely on his shoulders. There isn’t much time left until we find out what happens during the 2013 season for this TCU team.