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A three-hour weather delay did nothing to slow the Horned Frogs down, as TCU beat Kansas State 26-6 last Saturday. Now the Frogs are No. 4 and very much in playoff conversation. Let’s take a look back at the biggest things we learned from the game.
1. Guess who hasn’t thrown an interception in two games?
Yep, it’s TCU quarterback Kenny Hill. He came up clean against West Virginia and again against Kansas State. Slowly but surely, Hill is improving to be a more accurate and consistent quarterback. He also scored a touchdown on his feet again, so there’s that.
2. But let’s face it. The pass catching still needs a lot of work.
Receivers KaVontae Turpin, Jalen Reagor and Ty Slanina all had untimely drops last Saturday. It’s an aspect that will need to improve if the Frogs truly want to be playoff contenders.
3. The Frogs’ biggest strength: Their defensive line.
They’re big. They’re fast. They go after the quarterback. And they’re consistent. TCU’s defensive line is arguably the strongest part of the team. Defensive end Mat Boesen, especially, had a great day Saturday with a forced fumble and a sack.
4. Innis Gaines though.
Safety Innis Gaines deserves a shoutout as well. This guy recorded three tackles, two pass breakups and a sack. Overall TCU’s pass defense was much better against Kansas State compared to previous games, allowing just 146 yards.
5. Jonathan Song is a stud.
Kicker Jonathan Song has yet to kick from 40- or 50-plus yards, but he’s currently 6-for-6 and perfect on extra points. And that’s all that matters right now.
6. And once again, the bar is raised.
With the win, TCU is 6-0, bowl eligible and still on top of the Big 12. The Frogs have already entered multiple conversations about the College Football Playoff, and at this point, the team’s focus should be on the bigger prizes. For a chance at the playoff, TCU needs to go undefeated (or have one really good loss); have convincing wins over Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma especially; and hey, maybe improve its passing game a little, to prove it has the skills to take on a team like, say, Alabama.
But then again, the TCU fans have always wanted 'Bama.