TCU: Bye Week Couldn’t Have Came At a Better Time


The TCU Horned Frogs have a lot to keep in mind going into their bye week. 

The TCU Horned Frogs are 7-0 going into the bye week. However, they could have easily suffered their first loss of the 2015 college football season in that seven-week stretch.

TCU survived a few tricky road games in the first half of the season. Things only get tougher for the Horned Frogs from here on out.

They haven’t struck fear in many of their opponents, especially Texas Tech and Kansas State. Even SMU and Iowa State, schools TCU blew out last season, were able to put pressure on the Horned Frogs early on.

Two of those games went down to the wire.

The Horned Frogs were lucky to leave Lubbock in a wild 55-52 victory over the resurgent Red Raiders in Week 4, while they escaped Manhattan, Kansas in Week 6 with a 52-45 triumph over the gritty Wildcats.

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In Week 1 of their season opener in Minnesota, TCU struggled put away the Golden Gophers 23-17 at TCF Bank Stadium.

West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Baylor all stand in the way of TCU’s drive for a national championship.

The Horned Frogs should get by West Virginia in Fort Worth next week. But things might get a bit chippy Week 10 in Stillwater when they lineup with Oklahoma State. Either way, Oklahoma and Baylor are going to be the toughest challenges for TCU.

Kansas isn’t really going to be much of a threat. But the Horned Frogs should have learned by now not to sleep on any football team.

Here’s how Gary Patterson’s crew must prepare for the remainder of the regular season:

The Horned Frogs have to make better decisions on the defensive end. We’ve seen too many ill-advised mistakes and penalties that could have them sitting at 5-2 right now.

Oklahoma and Baylor are not going to give second and third chances. TCU has to capitalize on almost every opportunity they get. But head coaches Bob Stoops and Art Briles will make sure their football teams are in full focus.

Trevone Boykin must keep playing at the Heisman level.

Thus far, Boykin has thrown 25 touchdown passes with 2,539 total passing yards. He rushed for five touchdowns with 440 total yards on the ground.

Boykin has obviously had some incredible moments with his legs and arms. If he keeps that up, TCU can reach the promised land.

However, Boykin can’t do it all by himself. The TCU running game and receivers have to show some fight as well.

Running back Aaron Green has never looked better.

Green has 110 carries, 632 rush yards and eight touchdowns. The goal for Green is to keep running hard with the mindset of plowing through the defenders.

The Horned Frogs are going to need wide receiver Josh Doctson to continue utilizing his speed and height to outmaneuver his defenders and make big plays.

Doctson has 60 catches, 12 touchdowns and 1,067 total receiving yards right now. His ability to out-jump his opponents for the ball has been huge.

There’s no question TCU has a lot of talent in 2015. It’s not like it hasn’t been proven. The Horned Frogs must stay hungry for a shot at a national title.

With five games remaining in the regular season, the TCU Horned Frogs are capable of winning the league. But they must stay focused and allow Patterson to lead the way.

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