When you play in a top offensive conference like the Big 12, defensive statistics can look a bit rough.
Gone are the days of TCU dominating weaker Mountain West teams and posting gaudy defensive stats. The Horned Frogs, undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the nation, are facing elite offenses almost every weekend.
But this year, the Frogs’ defense looks like those units of old. And it’s showing up in the box scores.
Pick Six Previews tweeted out a mind-blowing stat last night.
TCU has beaten 3 of the Top 7 scoring offenses — and STILL has the #9 scoring defense
— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) October 23, 2017
TCU’s played teams with great offenses (hello there, SMU and Oklahoma State) and substandard offenses (sorry, Kansas). It doesn’t matter. The Frogs win anyway, and they’ll hold teams to below their season averages.
The three offensive juggernauts TCU has played are Oklahoma State (third in the nation at 43.7 points per game), West Virginia (fourth, at 43.3 ppg) and SMU (tied for seventh, at 42 ppg).
The Horned Frogs held Oklahoma State to 31 points, West Virginia to 24 and SMU to 36. These elite offenses turn into average ones against TCU.
And against less-than-stellar attacks, the Frogs are incredibly stingy. They shut out Jackson State and Kansas, held Arkansas to 7 points and allowed 6 from Kansas State. Every single opponent the Frogs have played has been held below their season average in points scored.
On the season, TCU is allowing 14.9 points per game. That’s nearly a full touchdown difference between the Frogs and the next-best Big 12 defense, which is Iowa State at 20.9 points per game.
That stout defense is a big reason why the Horned Frogs are atop the Big 12.
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