College football season is quickly approaching. Coaches are getting their game plans together, players are practicing hard to get ready for the games, and fans are getting excited.
TCU did not have the season everybody had hoped for in 2016. The Horned Frogs lost a lot of key players, including; Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee, and Aaron Green.
Kenny Hill transferred from Texas A&M and fans hoped he would be able match the production of Boykin. Hill didn’t live up to all the hype as he led the Big 12 in interceptions thrown (13). TCU finished the season 6-7 with a loss to Georgia in the Liberty Bowl.
This season, TCU will go from an inexperienced team to a team with a ton of experience. The injury bug bit the Horned Frogs hard last year which led to a lot of players getting playing time during the season. TCU also has many returning starters. Kenny Hill will look to fix the mistakes he had last year. KaVontae Turpin will be returning from an injury that cost him half of the season last year and hopes to be a productive receiver and kick returner. Ty Summers will be returning to lead the Horned Frogs defense.
TCU’s football team has regressed the last couple of seasons from where they were in 2014-2015. The Horned Frogs do not typically regress for very long. Gary Patterson has shown the ability to turn the program around when least expected. That is what he will be looking to do this season. With how much experience this team has, it will be hard not to improve. Do not expect a College Football Playoff berth, but do expect to see some serious improvements from last season.
TCU has a pretty tough schedule as they travel to Fayetteville to play the Arkansas Razorbacks for the second game of the season. Then they travel to Stillwater to take on a strong Oklahoma State team on September 23rd. The Horned Frogs have home games against West Virginia, Kansas, Texas, and Baylor.
Their biggest game of the season will arguably be on November 11th. They will travel to Norman to face the Oklahoma Sooners, led by Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma is a strong team every year and they are coming off a good season capped off by a Sugar Bowl win over Auburn.
TCU will look to improve on a subpar 2016 and utilize the experience they have to become a contender again. This team has a lot of talent and a great coach, but that doesn’t mean anything if they don’t capitalize on it.