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TCU Horned Frogs 2015 NCAA Football Gambling Odds & Predictions

2015-16 Football Previews – (Big 12) – Horned Frogs

Irascible head coach Gary Patterson always trumpeted that Texas Christian, long in the Mountain West Conference, belonged playing with the major-conference boys. He got his wish a few years ago, and boy, was he right.

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Big 12 Conference 2015-16 College Football Preview – Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
2014 Record: 12-1
TCU BCS Odds: +1000
Texas Christian Odds to win the Big 12: +150

The Horned Frogs have an excellent football program, led by odds-on Heisman Trophy favorite, senior QB Trevone Boykin. The Frogs had only one loss last season, and if they can handle a road-heavy slate in 2015, they could again be in the discussion for the Big 12 championship.

The Frogs feature only one new starter on the entire offense, and though there will be new faces on defense, Patterson carries a reputation of coaching teams that play ferocious defense.

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TCU only slipped up against Baylor last year in a barn-burner, dropping the game 61-58, which more closely resembles a basketball box score. The Frogs will surely have vengeance on their minds when they host Baylor in Fort Worth in the final game of the regular season.

Let’s examine TCU’s strengths and weaknesses this year.

Team Strengths

Boykin is already a record-setting QB, and last year was his first as a starter. He threw for 3,901 yards and 33 TDs and also ranked fourth in the nation in total offense. He can get the job done aerially and scrambling, so he’s a true threat in the college game.

He won’t have to do it alone, as Josh Doctson is a strong main option at WR, while Kolby Listenbee and Deante’ Gray bring blazing speed to the table. The main option in the backfield is Aaron Green, who will look to crack the 1,000-yard barrier this year after rushing for 922 last season.

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The Frogs enjoy the services of kicker Jaden Oberkrom in the special teams unit, who is the nation’s active leader 58 made field goals.

Team Weaknesses

There are loads of new faces on defense. It’s lucky that Patterson has his reputation for keying defensive rebuilds. Early LB enrollees Mike Freeze and Alec Dunham will have large roles to play; if they fall short, the linebacker corps could suffer.

Texas Christian needs to break in three new starters in the secondary, so the Frogs must take care that they don’t get burned deep early and often. Optimistically, look for CB Ranthony Texada, who, on top of having a wicked name, started all 13 games as a freshman a year ago.

2015-16 TCU Horned Frogs Prediction: 11-2

Once again, the Horned Frogs are prodigiously talented, but it will be a tougher road in 2015. The Frogs only left the state of Texas twice last season before the bowl game, while this time the schedule is road-heavy, including games at Minnesota to open the year (who is no slouch under Jerry Kill), Kansas State, Texas Tech and the two Oklahoma ballclubs.

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The Frogs are capable of winning the Big 12, but with the hostile environments and the defensive overhaul, I see two or three losses as a more likely outcome.

2015 Horned Frogs Schedule

  • 9/3/15 9:00 PM ET @MINN
  • 9/12/15 3:30 PM ET S.F. AUST
  • 9/19/15 8:00 PM ET SMU
  • 9/26/15 TBD @ TEX. TECH
  • 11/3/15 TBD TEXAS
  • 10/10/15 TBD @KSU
  • 10/17/15 TBD @IA. ST.
  • 10/29/15 7:30 PM ET WVU
  • 11/7/15 TBD @OK. ST.
  • 11/14/15 TBD KANS
  • 11/21/15 TBD @OU
  • 11/27/15 7:30 PM ET BAYLOR

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