|September 13, 2014
|Fort Worth, TX
|3:00 PM Central
|Amon G. Carter Stadium
|Fox Sports 1
KFAN (100.3 FM)
|Fox Sports Go
|Tim Brando, Brady Quinn
|Know Thy Foe:
|77 degrees, winds from the S at 13 MPH, 58% chance of rain
|TCU by -15.5
3 KEYS TO TODAY'S GAME
Shits and Motions - I mean shifts and motions. The Gopher offense has been pretty vanilla through the first two games. The conventional thought is that this has been intentional so as not to put anything creative or interesting on film for the Horned Frogs. Today maybe, just maybe, we'll see the pre-snap movement we saw a year ago when the offense was clicking. Maybe we'll see more of Maxx Williams featured in the passing game. Maybe we'll the Donovahn Jones jet sweep. Maybe we will see Berkley Edwards featured a little bit more giving him the opportunity to make some plays.
Win the Big Plays - I think in order to win this game, we need to have an explosive big-play or two. I'm looking at you Donovahn Jones and you Berkley Edwards and maybe even you Special Teams. A homerun or two as TCU gets concerned with David Cobb. Especially if we can hit one early, that would be huge. I'd like to see us grind out long drives, control the clock and work our way to a lead. But this TCU defense will be pretty good, getting a big play or two to boost the scoreboard in our favor will really help. Conversely...please limit theirs.
Contain Trevone Boykin - I am concerned about our ends and our linebackers containing Boykin. Keep this dynamic quarterback in the pocket, be disciplined with our assignments and take the right angles to make sure he doesn't get outside for big yards as our secondary covers their speedy receivers.
OPPOSING PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB - Trevone Boykin - Apparently the man under center for the Horned Frogs this year. In game one Boykin did some damage both on the ground (rushing TD) and through the air (320 yards).
DL/LB/DB - All of Them - This is a talented and fast defense. This is a different scheme than we are used to seeing. This might be the best defense we face all season (might be). Interestingly, Gary Patterson stated recently that Jerry Kill knows and understands his 4-2-5 defense better than anybody. So maybe we'll have some answers.
TCU is favored by more than 2 touchdowns I do not think it will be that bad unless it is one of those games where a couple of plays "happen" and things get a little out of hand early that we cannot recover from. But my prediction is that we have the ball late in the 4th being down one score. I see us unable to drive downfield, give the ball back and then maybe TCU adds on another score to make it a double-digit loss.
Minnesota - 17
Texas Christian - 27