Ever since the No.5 TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) joined the Big 12 with the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-3) in 2012, the two programs have had three of the most dynamic finishes in college football. Their short history as conference foes continues tonight in Fort Worth, TX.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No.5 TCU Horned Frogs
The first three games of the series have been decided by five total points. In their first meeting, the Horned Frogs defeated the Mountaineers 39-38 in double overtime. They also kicked a game winning field goal to defeat the Mountaineers 31-30 in Morgantown. West Virginia’s only win came during a 30-27 overtime victory in 2013. With each game decided on the last play, expectations are for another thrilling finish. Unfortunately, for the Horned Frogs, the home team has yet to win a game in this series.
So far, nothing has stopped the Horned Frogs from continuing their 15 game winning streak. They’ve overcome defensive injuries, suspensions, and big deficits to remain undefeated. Even when there’s an errant pass, the ball ends up in the hands of one of TCU’s weapons. One reason why is the play of their Heisman hopeful quarterback Trevone Boykin. Routinely, he makes great things happen.
Boykin is putting up another phenomenal season, and he has been unstoppable in the first two months. Boykin is completing 66 percent of his passes this season. He already has 25 touchdown passes to five interceptions, and those numbers could explode in the next few weeks. In addition, Boykin might have the best receiver in the country on his roster.
Josh Doctson leads the Horned Frogs with 60 receptions. Coming into the season, the Horned Frogs were ready to have a top five offense in the country. They were loaded at the receiver position, but Doctson has been the best of the group by far. Doctson has 12 of the 25 touchdown passes, and he has 41 more catches than Desmon White. Due to injuries, white is currently the second leading receiver on the team. However, White hasn’t been able to find the end zone yet.
KaVontae Turpin has really turned heads for the Horned Frogs offense. The multipurpose receiver is second on the team with six touchdown receptions. He can be a match up nightmare for a West Virginia team giving up 46 points per game in Big 12 play.
Overall, the Horned Frogs average 616 yards per game. With the running of Aaron Green and Boykin, TCU has one of the most diverse offenses in the country. Can the Mountaineers slow down the up tempo attack for long stretches?
The Mountaineers aren’t shy when it comes to offensive weapons either. Quarterback Skyler Howard has taken a little step back during conference play, but he has the talent to get the job done. He’ll need to play efficiently, while putting points on the board. Any wasted opportunities will cost the Mountaineers.
Interestingly enough, West Virginia is finishing the gauntlet of Big 12 games. Their three losses have come to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor. If they lose to TCU, the Mountaineers will be on a four game losing streak. Still, they might be favored in the rest of the conference games.
The Verdict: If an upset happens on this night, it will begin a spooky weekend of college football. It’s one of those games that nobody really has their eye on, but history reveals that this will be a close one. Still, the TCU Horned Frogs are ready for a challenge, and they will come out on top.
West Virginia 40