3 takeaways from loss to TCU

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A year ago, the TCU Horned Frogs hosted the Oklahoma State Cowboys late in the Big 12 slate with hopes of salvaging a disappointing season.

Kenny Hill passed for 228 yards for the Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who ran 52 times for 238 yards.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee (3-1) survived against 27 ½-point underdog MA (0-5) thanks to a pass rush that recorded seven sacks, their highest single-game total since 2008.

And yet, they have lost their past four games in Stillwater, with their last victory at Boone Pickens Stadium being in 1991. Don't expect much offense if you tune into this game.

Oklahoma State's one extended drive, lasting 11 plays, resulted only in a 29-yard Matt Ammendola field goal that cut the lead to 20-10.

Later, No. 3 Oklahoma held off winless Baylor and No. 4 Penn State made the greatest escape of all at Iowa - with a walk-off touchdown. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 to make a bold statement to start their Big 12 schedule. Looking to rebound, K-State faced TCU yesterday.

To help Hill, the Horned Frogs have the running game rolling once again, behind one the most underrated offensive lines in college football. Hill is more of a pocket passer so he isn't a quality threat when flushed out of the pocket. "It'll be a good game".

The old TCU is back. Darius Anderson and Kyle Hicks have combined for nearly 400 yards and four scores. Anderson leads the team with a 6.2 yards per carry average and three touchdowns. Abdul Adams had 11 carries for 164 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown run. KaVontae Turpin leads this unit with 12 catches and Desmon White has a team-high 126 yards. The most important factor is they keep their team balanced. "But it's about routine plays now, getting the right checks and helping this offense roll". Overall, they have seven players back on that side of the ball and have the top rated linebacking in the league. No. 12 Florida State had already lost.

Wilcox's expertise may have Cal 3-0 for the first time in six seasons, but they aren't much better on defense.

Spearheading the charge is quarterback Mason Rudolph. Lundblade started every game the past two seasons and has made 27 straight in all.

On defense, the Cowboys struggled in the most fundamental of ways. J.D. King also can be deadly, carrying the ball for nearly 200 yards with a 6.2 yards per carry average.

When you talk about the receiving corp in Stillwater, one name stands out above the rest. "We saw some heavy roll in the play towards James Washington, and when that happens we have [Jalen] McCleskey in the middle of the field most of the time". Washington for 367 yards and Ateman follows with 235. But did they play OK for where they're at in their career? TCU has allowed just 172 yards per game through the air. They will have a tough test against their top rival Oklahoma later in the season, but if they find a way there, they could be in good shape.

Fox will televise the game and will alternate years with ESPN. Both offenses have had their way against their opponents so far.

On Saturday, TCU looked far different, proving to be worthy of its top-20 ranking, and then some.

The first frame was all about the defense for both clubs.

Oklahoma State had four turnovers in the box score.

"They (TCU) were exhausted".

Here lies the problem with this game's over/under 71.

Coming off a dominant victory against LSU, the 17th-ranked Bulldogs and Fitzgerald hit the road to face a Georgia defense that might be the best in the Southeastern Conference outside of Alabama. Usually, the line setters are pretty accurate and that's why picking the totals and spreads isn't that easy. At Tennessee, they're bummed-out about going perpetually sideways, because a Florida receiver got beyond a Tennessee safety on a last-play bomb. So originally, they were estimating a 38-26 type of ball game. There's always are these games where everyone thinks it'll be a shoot-out but it never quite pans out to be. "I knew they scored a lot". Take a small risk and play the under 71.

TCU also ran 85 plays - 63 in the first three quarters. Even still, I'm not going to lay my money here as I would basically be picking against the best quarterback in the country.

And still, the Horned Frogs are a decided underdog.

The Horned Frogs are 2-7 in their last nine conference games.



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