The second half of the season starts Saturday.
That’s the mindset TCU is taking into its game against West Virginia. The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) aren’t happy they’re a .500-team through the first half of the season but the season is not lost.
As right tackle Andrew Coker put it, “We’re not resetting any goals for the conference because we believe that there’s going to be a team in the conference championship with two losses in conference. We feel like that’s still an option.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson echoed those thoughts during his radio show on Thursday night.
“Who cares what happened the last six weeks?” Patterson said. “Let’s be the best defense the next six weeks. You never know when you’re going to turn it on.”
Maybe TCU “turns it on” starting against WVU on Saturday. With that being said, here’s everything you need to know going into it:
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
TV: ESPNU (Brian Custer, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler)
Radio: WBAP/820 AM, SiriusXM 83 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, J.W. Wilson)
Spanish Radio: Zona MX/99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
The line: TCU by 4 1/2 points, over/under 56 1/2 (per VegasInsider.com’s consensus line Thursday)
DID YOU KNOW?
West Virginia has won the last three games against TCU, including a 24-6 victory in Morgantown last season. ... WVU owns the all-time series record 6-4. ... TCU coach Gary Patterson is 94-29 in his career at Amon G. Carter Stadium. ... WVU coach Neal Brown is in his third season with the program. He’s gone 13-15 since he took over. ... TCU is averaging 37.2 points a game while WVU is averaging 28.3. ... The Frogs have converted more than half of their third-downs (55%). WVU has a 39% conversion rate on third down. ... The first three meetings between these programs in the Big 12 (2012-14) were decided on the game’s final play, including two in overtime.
TCU is at home and it should have Zach Evans back on offense. The defense will look better on paper, but the Frogs’ offense is what decides this game. The Frogs pull out a victory. TCU 38, West Virginia 30.
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