About this time, a year ago, TCU, coach Gary Patterson and his players were out to prove everybody right.
The Horned Frogs were a popular pick to make the college football playoff, to win the Big 12 and to do amazing things.
Instead of shying away from the all the recognition, Patterson and his quarterback Trevone Boykin embraced it.
Hmm, now what?
Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite to win the league, getting 24 of the 26 possible first-place votes. TCU got the other two votes and is picked to finish second behind the Sooners and in front of Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.
Now Boykin is gone and the Horned Frogs have a lot more questions than answers. No one is predicting big things for TCU, so the approach in 2016 has to be the opposite of last season – prove ’em wrong, instead of right.
The Horned Frogs have seven returning starters on defense to go along with four others who missed large portions of the season last year. That’s the good news as Patterson has always been known for defense. The real issue is on offense where newcomer Kenny Hill, who sat out last season after transferring from Texas A&M, is supposedly battling Foster Sawyer for the starting spot.
Sawyer started one game last season after Boykin was injured and played in three others. Hill has two seasons of eligibility. In 2014, Hill accounted for 23 touchdowns and started the first eight games of the season. He threw for a school-record 511 yards in the season-opener against South Carolina.