TCU’s had one of the best defenses in the country this year.
The Horned Frogs led the Big 12 in nearly every major statistical category. They shut down opposing teams and bailed out the Frogs’ own offense when needed. Several TCU defenders made postseason superlative teams.
But against Oklahoma, TCU has been embarrassed twice. The Horned Frogs gave up 38 points in the first half in the teams’ first matchup, and allowed 41 total points in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Gary Patterson hangs his hat on defense. And TCU’s defense was in tatters after the second Oklahoma game.
As Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes, the Horned Frogs have a chance to repair their reputation against Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. The Cardinal bring in Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love, who leads a powerful running attack.
“If the Horned Frogs can beat Stanford and the best running back in the country, Bryce Love, they’ll go a long way to re-establishing their reputation, especially on defense,” Mendez wrote. “It’s Stanford’s strength, a won’t-stop running game, against Gary Patterson, who thrives against head-up challenges. It’s Bryce Love and Travin Howard.”
TCU has a chance to get back its defensive edge on Thursday, Dec. 28, in the Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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