The last time we saw TCU they were pulling off one of the greatest comebacks of the century, so all arrows are pointing up, right? Not quite. TCU returns 11 starters, but only three on offense.
In a league like the Big 12 especially, offensive inexperience is never going to be your friend; even more so when it includes all the stars of your elite passing attack and most of your offensive line. The Horned Frogs are one of the bigger questions marks entering 2016, but that’s a good thing for Gary Patterson
TCU loses one the more prolific passers in program history, but they return eight starters on a defense that was pretty good last year. Many people believe the best defense in the Big 12 is located near Interstate-35 -- either in Austin, Fort Worth, or Norman. That is music to Gary Patterson’s ear, who is known to be a master of coaching the 4-2-5 defense.
Although their roster situation is not super-friendly, their schedule is. TCU only has two games that anyone would consider tough before their mid-season bye and by the time they get to the toughest part of the schedule it will be late November and the newcomers will be a mature group.
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TCU has every reason to believe they can challenge the Oklahoma schools for the Big 12 title this year, because most of their toughest games are at home. It will be up to the offense, coached by Doug Meachem and Sonny Cumbie, to come around to the level that Patterson should have the defense at, though.