By: FW Mag Staff
Yes, we still have the TCU-Oklahoma game on our minds. Last Saturday was anything but pretty, as the Sooners dominated the Frogs 38-20 in Norman. There is much to talk about, so let’s get right to it.
Coming into the game, Oklahoma’s prolific quarterback Baker Mayfield was all anyone would talk about. TCU’s defensive strategy appeared to be getting all over Mayfield, relying on the blitz. But here’s the problem — Mayfield works great under pressure, and when the Frogs came after him, he’d throw downfield and easily gain yards in the air. Rather than focusing on defending the pass, the Frogs simply tried pressuring the quarterback again and again. In the end, it didn't work.
Plain and simple. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill struggles with inconsistency — sometimes he shines running out of the pocket, other times balks under pressure. Wide receivers, too, don’t particularly stand out. While Hill was able to complete a couple deep throws during the game, other times receivers would drop a pass or tip the ball but fail to catch it.
This is how a team beats itself. Though there were some questionable calls (one of which I’ll talk about in the next point), other instances could have been avoided. Against the Sooners, the Frogs committed seven penalties, which cost them 60 yards.
While TCU’s defense is good at producing sacks and tackles for loss, it hasn’t quite been as prolific at forcing fumbles and interceptions as it had been in the past. So far this season, the Frogs have produced just eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles. Turnovers could be game changers, and they could have made a difference against Oklahoma.
If TCU can beat Texas Tech and Baylor, it may still have the chance to play Oklahoma again at the Big 12 Championship game. Either way, TCU will finish with a winning record and should get into a decent bowl game. It’s not the playoff but hey, the Frogs dreamed big, didn’t quite achieve everything they wanted, but they made it as far as they could. The #BrightSide? It’s not over yet.
By: FW Mag Staff