The TCU Horned Frogs saw their undefeated record evaporate in their last outing, and they dropped from being the No. 4 team in the nation to No. 10 going into their Saturday game against the Texas Longhorns. The game will take place at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN).
TCU is now 7-1 following its loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, a loss in which it completely failed to get anything done offensively. It was a 14-7 game in favor of Iowa State, and TCU desperately wants that one back.
That said, the Horned Frogs should be heavy favorites against all of their remaining opponents, including Texas. Their defense is good enough to stifle the offenses ahead of them. And they can’t afford to lose with the College Football Playoff on the mind.
They’ll need Kenny Hill to perform better on Saturday. He had just 135 yards and a pair of interceptions as well as a fumble in the red zone in the loss to Iowa State.
Texas has lost two of its last three games, to Oklahoma and then Oklahoma State, both of whom are ranked teams. Their last game was a win over Baylor, a dominant win where they allowed just one score. They are 4-4 on the season.
Below, you can find all the viewing information for Saturday’s game, as well as odds, news, predictions and more.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
- Location: Armon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming: WatchESPN
- Odds: TCU opened as 7.5-point favorites
Texas vs. TCU news:
- TCU needs center Patrick Morris back as soon as possible. He’s an excellent blocker, but unfortunately for them, he’ll be missing Saturday’s game against Texas.
- The Horned Frogs aren’t exactly reeling following their loss to Iowa State, because they played well enough defensively to keep themselves in the College Football Playoff discussion.
- While the TCU quarterback struggled mightily, head coach Gary Patterson said that it’s his fault he didn’t put his team in better situations, and took blame for the team’s first loss of the year.
- The folks over at Frogs O’ War are worried about the injuries, but ultimately confident that the Horned Frogs should be able to handle Texas.
The Longhorns won’t be an easy win like the past few matchups we’ve seen. That being said, the Horns are beat up and starting to thin a bit on the roster. They don’t have the depth they had at the start of the season. The Frogs can’t stand to make mistakes in this game, but they have the ability to greatly limit the Horns’ offense. Texas can switch players all they want, but you can bet Patterson will prepare the Frogs for every possibility. There’s plenty of film on them all by now. The Frogs have to be accurate on offense. Dropped balls and inaccurate passes can’t happen. As long as the Frogs keep their heads in the game, they should have no problem reaching into their bag of tricks to keep the Longhorns guessing.
- Players on the Longhorns aren’t looking at Saturday’s game as a chance for redemption given the issues they’ve had against TCU in the past. It’s just another game to them.
“We just try to take each week as a championship game,” Leonard said. “It's not hyped up because we lost to them, it's hyped up because it's the next game on our schedule. So we're just taking it as 1-0, we're just trying to win that championship game right now. So we're going to go out there and give it all that we have and try and come out with a nice result.”
Texas vs. TCU prediction:
TCU is the better team just about everywhere, and offensively, Texas shouldn’t be able to handle the Horned Frogs defense. TCU should win this and the rest of the games on their schedule.