TCU was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 in 2014. The Horned Frogs shocked everyone and shared the conference championship with Baylor. Remember “One True Champion”? A 42-3 drubbing of Ole Miss gave TCU a 12-1 record, and capped off one of the best seasons in school history. They’re one of the favorites in college football in 2015, but many are questioning whether TCU can back up its 2014 success. A few games came down to one play late in the game last year, and TCU came out on top in all of them except Baylor. They had close wins over OU (37-33), WVU (31-30) and Kansas (34-30). If the ball bounces a different direction late in those games, TCU probably isn’t second on this list.
One reason to believe TCU could repeat its success is the emergence of quarterback Trevone Boykin. He was nearly moved to receiver before the 2014 season. It’s a good thing that never happened. Boykin was one of the best QB’s in the nation last year. He set eight school records, throwing for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 707 yards and eight touchdowns. His lead receiver, Josh Doctson, set school records for receiving yards and touchdowns, with 1,018 and 11, respectively. Running back Aaron Green ran for nearly 1,000 yards, despite not starting until November. Doctson and Green are both returning alongside Boykins what could be a special season offensively.
The questions for TCU arise on defense. Gary Patterson has always been known for his defense, but he’ll have his work cut out for him this year. The Frogs lost six defensive starters, including five who made either first or second team All-Big 12. All-American linebacker Paul Dawson is among the six who won’t be back. If Patterson really is a defensive genius, now is his chance to prove it.
If TCU isn’t 8-0 when it heads to Stillwater on Nov. 7th, something went awry. November is when things get fun in the Big 12. After the game at Oklahoma State, TCU will get somewhat of a break when Kansas comes to town. The Frogs will then travel to Norman to face OU on Nov. 21st, and host Baylor on Friday, Nov. 27th. The Black Friday game against Baylor could be a defacto Big 12 Championship game between the two conference favorites.