The TCU Football season ended in disappointment for both the fans and players, as the team missed out on a bowl game for just the third time in the Gary Patterson era.
Of course a 5-7 record is always going to be disappointing for the fans and players, but a closer look would show that TCU Football was not quite as bad as their record shows.
Of their seven losses, six of them were by a combined 30 points, which reminds me quite a bit of the 2013 football season when the team went 4-8 and lost seven of the games by a combined 45 points.
Something that TCU Football has locked down heading into the 2020 season is their quarterback of the future in Max Duggan, as he showed some growing pains, along with a lot of drops by receivers and questionable play calling from his coordinator, but there’s a chance he could become the best quarterback in the Big 12 as soon as next season.
Comparing this season to 2013, the Horned Frogs actually know who their quarterback is, and they will enter the season low-profile, just like they did in 2014, and they could possibly have the same results, as they showed that they have the ability to compete with anybody this season, except for Iowa State… and the Big 12 refs.
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It is crazy to think that TCU Football lost all but one of their games by a combined 30 points! 36 more points scored, and the Horned Frogs could be playing Oklahoma on Saturday with a chance to make the College Football Playoffs on the line.
It’s tough to see a team lose so many close games, but when you are grooming a true freshman quarterback, it can be turned to become encouraging because the Horned Frogs were so close, and they will be returning their quarterback and most of their wide receivers (Jalen Reagor is up in the air with a possible first round draft selection on the line).
Gary Patterson Is Okay
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At some schools in the state of Texas, a head coach may get on the hot seat after posting a season of going 7-5, even after going 10-4 the year before, but luckily for Gary Patterson, he has earned the ability to have back to back poor seasons, and not have questions surrounding his job. Despite two seasons of posting a combined 12-13 record, it would take at least two more poor seasons before his job would start to come into question.
Another reason for hope for TCU is that they have not posted three consecutive seasons without having at least one ten win season included since the late 90’s, which was before Gary Patterson took over as the head coach of the Horned Frogs. Going off of the Gary Patterson schedule of excellence, the Horned Frogs should be primed for a good season in 2020, and could even find themselves as a dark horse favorite to make it to the Big 12 Championship game.
While the Horned Frogs have a cloud over themselves at the moment, they have plenty of reasons for optimism heading into 2020.
- Published on 12/02/2019 at 12:01 PM
- Last updated at 12/02/2019 at 11:49 AM