The TCU Horned Frogs are preparing to play the Texas Longhorns on Thursday. In addition to being a Thanksgiving Day game, it is also a state rivalry that should bring out the best in both teams as they get the opportunity to play before a national audience..
There’s nothing like playing a football game on Thanksgiving with everyone watching. After all, Thanksgiving and football kind of go hand and hand. TCU and #16 Texas get the honor to be on center stage Thursday night at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN
This will be the TCU Horned Frogs third of four straight games against ranked teams. They’ve been mulling over a 23-10 loss to Kansas State for almost the last two weeks. They did not play very well at all, at least on offense in that game. Freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin did not have a good game at all. Have to think that with almost two weeks to prepare and learn from his mistakes, that Boykin will rebound and have a much better game against the Longhorns. The entire team should have a better game against Texas than they did against Kansas State.
Texas meanwhile also has had almost two weeks to prepare for TCU, but they are much happier having won four games in a row, including their last one, a 33-7 beatdown of Iowa State. Quarterback David Ash has played pretty well for the most part this season throwing seventeen touchdowns to just five interceptions. The Longhorns seem to have regained their focus since they lost 63-21 to rival Oklahoma a little over a month ago. Playing at home on Thanksgiving night on national television, have to think that the Longhorns will be ready to put on a show.
If you think TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson won’t have his team ready, you’re wrong. He’s going to have his team excited and full of energy. TCU has won all three of their conference games on the road. Their defense hasn’t been bad, but they’ll really need to have a good game to contain a Texas offense ranked in the top fifteen in the country. They average close to forty points per game. Will Boykin and the TCU offense be able to match score for score, blow for blow with Texas? It’s going to be tough. It will be a good game though. Tune in after your turkey and stuffing and your second helping of turkey and stuffing and watch what will be the first of many good games between these two conference opponents.
TCU Basketball Update:
In their first season in the Big 12, TCU’s men’s basketball team is off to a 4-1 start. All games have been at home with the team’s only loss a 64-61 narrow defeat at the hands of rival SMU. When you look at the team’s opponents though (Cal Poly, Centenary, Prairie View A&M and Navy) these are all opponents that they should win. When they start having to play conference games, that is when the real test will begin. Still, it’s a good start for a program that has had their fair share of struggles over the years. Offensively, they’re still trying to get things going, but defensively, they’ve been solid, giving up over sixty points just once. If they can continue to do that as the season progresses, TCU is going to be a surprising team in the Big 12 this year