The Horned Frogs enter their third game of the season without one of their top offensive players.
As we discovered yesterday, junior running back Waymon James, TCU’s leading rusher last year (and this year), will be out for the rest of the season with an undisclosed left knee injury.
The fortunate thing is that the Frogs still have a more-than-capable back in Matthew Tucker. Behind him wait senior Aundre Dean and true freshman B.J. Catalon.
The even better news is that the Frogs’ next opponent, Virginia, isn’t exactly stout when it comes to defending the run.
The Cavaliers have allowed 610 rushing yards so far this season (461 last week to Georgia Tech). Now, I know Georgia Tech runs the triple option, but 461 yards? With the passing game keeping Virginia’s secondary honest, I fully expect TCU to gain at least 200 rushing yards in this game.
Not to mention, their secondary hasn’t been totally stellar either. They’ve allowed opposing teams to average 11.1 yards per completed passing play. That’s a good sign for Casey Pachall, who will undoubtedly shoulder a larger portion of the offensive load this week.
Both teams are looking to rebound from poor performances last week. TCU had four redzone turnovers against Kansas, en route to a sloppy 20-6 win.
Meanwhile, Virginia was absolutely annihilated by Georgia Tech last week, 56-20.
Unfortunately from them, they’re running into a Gary Patterson team after a bad week.
Prediction: TCU-38, Virginia-9.
Big Games Outside the ‘Plex
#22 Notre Dame vs. #13 Michigan
Prediction: Michigan-27, Notre Dame-24
#3 Oklahoma vs. #10 Kansas State
Prediction: Oklahoma-35, Kansas State-20
#8 Florida State vs. #7 Clemson
Prediction: FSU-49, Clemson-38
#17 Arizona vs. #4 Oregon
Prediction: Oregon-28, Arizona-17