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The 2019 season continued a trend of decline for the TCU Horned Frogs as they finished 5-7 straight up and 4-8 against the spread. Offense was the reason for the drag as TCU ranked 62nd overall nationally including 91st for passing and 59th for scoring. Defensively the Horned Frogs were 30th overall but 58th for points allowed. Much of that can be attributed to the lack of offensive support along with 84 turnovers committed by the offense. The Horned Frogs were actually 4-3 and in bowl position with five games to go before an ugly collapse of four losses in their final five matchups. Most disappointing of all was a 20-17 home loss to a subpar West Virginia team to blow a bowl invite on the final day of the regular season.
2020 TCU Horned Frogs at a Glance
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Since going 12-1 in 2014 and 11-2 in 2015 the TCU Horned Frogs have gone 6-7, 11-3, 7-6, and 5-7. Gary Patterson has been the highly acclaimed head coach of TCU since 2000 and has a career record of 172-70 with a bowl record of 11-6. He has led the Horned Frogs to six conference championships, including the 2014 Big 12 title. Patterson has won numerous Coach of the Year awards and has led TCU to its greatest sustained success in school history. But Patterson operates in a sport and world that cries “What have you done for me lately?” And that is where the past two seasons in particular have caused worry that his shelf life may soon be expiring. At age 60 and entering his 21st season at the same school makes fans wonder if things have gotten stale. But having missed a bowl just three times while leading the Horned Frogs he still commands equity in his TCU bank.
2020 TCU Horned Frogs Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, at California Golden Bears
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Prairie View A&M Panthers
Week 3: Bye Week
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, at SMU Mustangs
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at West Virginia Mountaineers
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, Kansas State Wildcats
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Baylor Bears
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Oklahoma Sooners
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Iowa State Cyclones
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, at Texas Longhorns
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, at Kansas Jayhawks
2020 TCU Horned Frogs Regular Season Preview
As a freshman starter for 2019 quarterback Max Duggan had his share of struggles with the baptism under fire that comes from on the job training. Duggan finished with a 113.6 quarterback rating in which he threw for 2077 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Duggan’s struggles were a major factor in TCU missing a bowl. Yet as a true freshman he is far from the only person to blame. In fact, Duggan set true freshman records for passing yards and touchdowns.
TCU has a talented backfield that they intend to utilize to help take pressure and workload off of Duggan. While talented the running backs have plenty of potential, they are short on experience. Redshirt freshmen Darwin Barlow and Daimarqua Foster lead the group with junior Emari Demercado and top-10 rated recruit Dominic Richardson. Just as inexperienced will be an offensive line with only one returning starter.
Junior wideout Taye Barber was Duggan’s top target for 2019 with 29 catches good for 372 yards and 12.8 yards per catch. He was instrumental in last year’s win over Texas.
The early departure of top defensive lineman Ross Blacklock to the NFL leaves a huge hole for that side of the line. Patterson has a strong cadre of recruits but, just like the offense, they lack experience. One thing is for sure the normally tough TCU pass rush was missing in 2019 and must be redeveloped if the Horned Frogs are to get back into serious Big 12 contention.
Patterson’s recruiting should ultimately be the saving grace at getting TCU back to bowl status with better years ahead.
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