While it is early in his tenure at SMU, Chad Morris has ignited a fire upon the hilltop and the team is showing the excitement not only on the practice field, but it is also showing through with their play on the field. While they are only one and three to this point of the season, there have been a ton of positives even within the three losses. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
This weekend will be a pivotal weekend in the Big XII as there are two match-ups between ranked teams and one match up of two teams poised to make the playoffs. These two games could have a big bearing on the conference race as well as the playoff race.Twitter and Facebook
Most schools have come out and announced their 2014 schedules for the upcoming football season and the TCU Horned Frogs are part of that group. They released their schedule and I took some time to look it over and gather my thoughts.
Much like North Texas Mean Green, SMU also just released their 2014 schedule to the public. While their schedule is front loaded with some tough games at the start, the middle and back end of the schedule look to be manageable and I am sure June Jones and staff would like to see an improvement in the win column this year, since last year ended with such a down note. And for the second year in a row, SMU will deal with a change in their conference opponents since the American Conference has had some teams bolt for other conferences, but at the same time they welcome in some former Conference USA opponents as well.
Last year the TCU Horned Frogs moved into the Big XII Conference and wanted to take the world by storm. But once they got deep into conference play, they had a rude awakening. TCU learned the lesson most big conference teams already know, it is tough to go week after week agianst good competition without any real break. TCU never really had that problem before in the Mountain West Conference, they had a few weaker teams to beat up on. Not to mention starting losing starting quarterback Casey Pachall suspension early in the year. That makes it seem like an amazing feat finishing the year 7-6.
Luckilly for TCU, Pachall returned to school in January and looks to lead the Frogs this year. Hopefully with all of his legal troubles behind him, he can go through the season and show the Big XII what they were hoping to see last season. He enters this season with the #1 pass career efficney among active qb’s in the football bowl subdivision. But Pachall won’t have to rely on his arm alone, he will have Sophmore Aaron Green as his running back who played in 12 games as a true freshman at Nebraska. But Gary Patterson likes to platoon his runners, so look for Senior Waymon James and Sophmore BJ Catalon get some carries also.
The Horned Frogs will once again be bringing in one of the top recieving corps in the Big XII, Pachall will look to put up impressive numbers with returning players like Brandon Carter, Cam White and LaDarius Brown running routes. But they have also added Florida transferJa’Juan Story and Wyoming transfer Josh Doctson who will both look to be impact players throughout the year. Pachall will have plenty of weapons to handoff and throw to around the field, and there will be a few holes to fill on the offensive line, but this unit looks to put up improved numbers from last year and will look to give Casey all the time he needs in the pocket.
Gary Patterson was the defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach, so expect the TCU defense to be stellar this season and help the Frogs stay close in some games. Each unit is more experienced this year and look to build on a good first season in the Big XII and build on it. This team will know what it takes to win the tough conference game and make their case as one of the best in the country. This year TCU is top to bottom more experienced and understands what the grueling Big XII schedule can do to a team each year. If this team can stay healthy, look for the Horned Frogs to be hanging out near the top of the conference.
8/31- LSU- L
9/7- SE Louisiana- W
9/12- At Texas Tech- W
9/28- SMU- W
10/5- At Oklahoma- L
10/12- Kansas(HC)- W
10/19- At Okla St.- L
10/26- Texas- L
11/2- West Virginia- W
11/9- At Iowa St.- W
11/16- At Kansas St.-W
11/30- Baylor- W
2013 Record: 8-4