October 1, 2021
In the aftermath of the SMU game, Frogs fans have come forth with multiple opinions, theories, belly-aches and concerns.
More than a few, including your scribe, have lost some sleep.
Granted, SMU ran for 350 yards and has an offensive line/running backs combo that’s the best since the Pony Express days of the early 1980s. That’s saying something.
Add to it that the Frogs were not at their sharpest and just had a bad day. Missed tackles and dropped balls, along with an unfortunate turnover inside the Frogs’ five yard line and you have a recipe for misery.
Now on to UT. The Frogs have had success here, winning 7 of the last 9. Especially impressive, when you consider that the Frogs did not beat UT from 1968 to 1991. That’s too long.
The Longhorns come in hot, coming off of wins over Rice and Texas Tech. They’ve changed quarterbacks and junior Casey Thompson has gotten the Texas offense moving. They’ve scored on 24 of their last 27 possessions. That’s efficient.
But the Longhorns have had their issues.
UT’s game at Arkansas revealed that perfection has not yet arrived in Austin, Texas.
Missed assignments along the offensive line and big plays given up in the secondary, just to name a couple.
Steve Sarkisian is a crafty coach and he will move skill players around in search of the right matchup against the TCU defense.
Quarterback Thompson has been good, but it’s been in garbage time vs. Arkansas and in starts against Rice and Texas Tech. He has yet to face pressure and the Frogs must bring it. It you like running backs, this is the game for you. The Horns will run Bijan Robinson to counter TCU’s Zach Evans. This will be fun to watch.
The Texas offensive line has experience but not much depth. Against Arkansas, they broke down and the Hogs attacked at will. TCU will need to find a way to disrupt this group. The starting five will play the entire game for Texas.
Keep an eye on #8 Xavier Worthy and #4 Jordan Whittington are speedy options at receiver. Keep an eye out for #6 Joshua Moore — a dangerous target in the deep ball game, but he turned an ankle this week in practice and will be a game time decision.
Defensively, Texas has gone to a multiple set that will feature a four-man front along with a 3-3-5 look, depending on the situation. The D-Line for Texas is led by big #99 Keondre Coburn at 346 pounds. His nickname is “Snacks” and he is the team comedian. Does stand-up comedy in the locker room.
At the defensive end spots, #46 Ray Thornton and #3 Jacoby Jones powerful on the edge and TCU’s tackles will be tasked with keeping them neutralized.
#0 Demarvion Overshown is a force at linebacker and walk-on Luke Brockermeyer, #47, has fought his way onto this football team at middle linebacker.
The secondary has not had a great start to the year and there will be deep ball opportunities for the Frogs. They’ll need to make those plays.
This one comes down to the TCU defensive line going up against the UT offensive line. The outcome will be decided here in Fort Worth.
We’re on the air on the Horned Frogs Sports Network at 10 a.m. Join for the 92nd meeting between these two proud programs.