No doubt, the game to look forward to this weekend is between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and #3 ranked TCU Horned Frogs.
This matchup features 2 opposing style coaches, with Kliff Kingsbury and his offensive minded passing attack going against one of the great defensive minds in college football, Gary Patterson at TCU.
Kingsbury’s Red Raiders, have thrown the ball just north of 40 times a game. However, don’t sleep on the Red Raiders ground attack, as they are averaging nearly 200 yards a game on the ground. The Red Raider offense runs a lot of delayed handoffs, and draws with their 5 receiver spread. This creates running lanes up the middle with defenses most likely in a dime package, leaving only 1 linebacker on the field, because of the passing attack.
Patterson’s defense, is known for it’s prowess over the years. Patterson, is widely considered one of the foremost defensive minded coaches in stopping the spread attack. He runs a 4-2-5 defense (4 DL, 2LB’s, 5 CB’s/S). He depends on linebackers to cover half of the field to stop the run, a tenacious pass rush, and a solid secondary to get the job done. TCU is also known to run 2 defensive plays at a time. While the secondary is running their own separate coverage, the front 6 of TCU could be running something completely different scheme wise. This creates a lot of confusion for opposing offenses.
However, not to go unnoticed in all of this, is that TCU boasts their own Heisman hopeful QB in Trevone Boykin. Boykin, accounted for 6 TD’s last week. Boykin has thrown for 985 yards in 3 games, and 12 total TD’s on the year.
Look for this game to be a shootout early, and TCU pulling away in the second half. I think it’ll end up with a 52-38 victory for the Horned Frogs.