Some people picked TCU to win the Big 12 in 2013. No one, at least no one of rational mind, picked the Horned Frogs to finish in the conference's second division.
But that's where TCU is headed if the Frogs don't turn things around quickly. TCU has lost at OU, at OSU and at Texas Tech. Saturday, the Frogs stay home and get Texas.
“You go through cycles where you have groups of kids that grow up and play, and you don't have injuries and you don't have things, and so our cycle's going to come back,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I don't think there's any doubt in my mind where TCU is going to go and where we're headed and how we're going to do things. So anybody that's worried about my confidence or how we need to do it, you don't have to worry about that.”
It has indeed been a star-crossed season for the Frogs, who have just 10 scholarship seniors. Defensive end star Devonte Fields has missed virtually the entire season with a suspension and a foot injury. Quarterback Casey Pachall missed five games with a broken arm, though he's been cleared to play against the Longhorns.
TCU beat Texas in Austin last year, and the Frogs could dent UT's Big 12 title hopes this season.
Texas will stick with Case McCoy at quarterback. The ‘Horns haven't played since stunning OU on Oct. 12, when McCoy's passing was the difference in the game.
Texas figured to have a big passing edge against TCU, since Trevone Boykin has proven to be ineffective. But Pachall could change that.
Since Pachall's injury, TCU averaged just 22.4 points, including 3.4 in the first half. But Pachall, the preseason all-Big 12 quarterback, was not so great himself the first two games, throwing for just 175 yards and no touchdowns.