The TCU Horned Frogs have begun the season with a 1-1 record after a week one loss against the LSU Tigers. The recovered from the loss with a week two thrashing of Southeastern Louisiana, 38-17. Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs will be without a major piece in the offense, senior quarterback Casey Pachall, for eight weeks, however.
On the other side of the field, the Texas Tech Red Raiders aren’t quite the team they used to be, but with a potent offense and new scheme in place, it could be a tough matchup for the Horned Frogs in week two. Texas Tech is 2-0 to start the season, averaging 51 points per game.
TCU’s offense is not as potent as expected, but the Horned Frogs have found a way to make the most with a bad situation. Trevone Boykin has taken over the starting quarterback role once again as senior gunslinger Casey Pachall finds himself out for at least eight weeks with a broken arm. B.J. Catalon leads the rushing attack with 111 yards and two scores while Boykin can provide some rushing yards as well.
Texas Tech, as stated earlier, averages over 50 points per game with most of the success coming through the air. Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield has burst onto the scene with 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his first two games. This team is deadly through the air — like always.
Defensively, the Horned Frogs will have a tough time trying to slow down the Red Raiders’ pass attack. However, TCU only allows 190 pass yards per game, posing the biggest defensive threat that Mayfield has faced yet. Texas Tech is more of an offensive team than defensive, allowing over 400 yards of total offense per game.
TCU will travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders at 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 12. The game will be aired on ESPN.
PREDICTION: TCU 31, Texas Tech 35
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