As TCU football enjoys its lone bye week of the season, the Horned Frogs are still a group that nobody has seemingly figured out.
Sure, injuries might have something to do with it. But just a month after it looked like TCU found its quarterback, and three weeks after it looked like the Frogs were capable of hanging with any blue-chip program in the country, questions abound for a team that has fallen to 3-2 (1-1 Big 12).
When will the turnovers stop? Where’s the tackling? How serious is quarterback Shawn Robinson’s undisclosed injury? Those are just a few questions on what is starting to become a longer list with each week.
And maybe the biggest of them all — what is the second half of the season going to hold for the Frogs?
One can only guess on matters like these, but the projections haven’t necessarily been trending in the right direction. ESPN’s FPI has the Frogs favored in just three of their seven remaining games — something that would pave way to the second 6-6 finish in a span of three years for TCU.
Of course, anything can happen on any given Saturday in the world of college football. But is there at least some validity to the predicted outcomes moving forward?
The answer may be at large, but here’s a quick look at what the Frogs will encounter over the next month and a half, accompanied by their odds of a win for each game.
Texas Tech (49.5%)
A game that could go either way, but even without Alan Bowman under center, the Red Raiders have proven that they can score points. If the Frogs can’t find some momentum of their own on offense, Tech’s fire power could be too much to overcome.
Same story as above, only Oklahoma’s firepower is on a level of its own. Quarterback Kyler Murray has posted video-game-like numbers in wake of Baker Mayfield’s remarkable run with the Sooners, and if the way the Frogs fared against the 2017 Heisman winner is any indicator, the Murray-led offense could also run away with things quickly.
@ Kansas (76.4%)
The only thing keeping TCU’s odds from being higher might be the inexplicable struggles the Frogs experienced versus the Jayhawks prior to 2017.
Kansas State (83.9%)
Bill Snyder has been synonymous with excellence ever since he arrived in Manhattan three decades ago, but the Wildcats have been simply dreadful up to this point of the season. Even if the Frogs have flaws of their own, this should be a breeze.
@ West Virginia (23.9%)
Will Grier’s Heisman campaign no longer seems like wishful thinking with the numbers the 23-year-old quarterback has put up so far. No way around it — lots of points will be required to win this one, and considering how hostile Morgantown can be for visitors, it’s hard to see a struggling TCU offense put up much of a fight in this one.
@ Baylor (62.3%)
It’s a rivalry game on the road, and Baylor has the pieces to score. They also just gave up 66 points in their most recent contest. It’s not to say that the Bears can’t give the Frogs a fight based on what we know right now, but TCU has to like its chances against a program still attempting to find its identity.
Oklahoma State (43.4%)
Perhaps a little low, considering the inconsistencies that the Cowboys have experienced on offense so far. Then again, Justice Hill is as dangerous as running backs in the Big 12 get, and the Pokes have proven they can put up points in a hurry. The only question is whether or not they’ll choose to do so the day they face the Frogs.
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