The TCU Horned Frogs have become known as one of college football's consistently good defensive teams. 2011 was their first season out of the top 10 scoring defenses since 2005, and that was thanks in part to Robert Griffin III completely losing his mind in Week 1.
But the Big 12 is quite a step up from the Mountain West and TCU's many other recent conferences, especially when it comes to throwing around the old oblong. Will the Frogs' secondary struggle to keep up with their new wide-open league, given the loss of top safety Devin Johnson to a drug arrest and safety Danny Heiss moved down to linebacker?
Gary Patterson said he has a group of wide receivers who are as talented as any in the Big 12. And that will help prepare the TCU secondary for life in the Big 12.
"If we can cover our group, we'll be able to cover anybody in the country," Patterson said. "I don't know if we'll play anybody with a faster group of wideouts."
Patterson's crew has proved itself against good offenses. In the past two years, TCU has beaten Kellen Moore and Griffin, to name a pair.