Frogs Today staff report
The 2022 TCU football season breaks down thusly:
Six home games, six on the road, and three trips outside of Texas.
Three games against preseason top 15-teams, two at home.
A new coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defense coordinator and some uncertainty at quarterback.
What appears to be a wide-open conference in a down year, with transfers helping and hindering each team.
The Horned Frogs are about to enter the vast unknown of the 2022 season, with more questions (and fewer answers) than they have had in a long time.
|vs. Tarleton State
|vs. Oklahoma State
|vs. Kansas State
|at West Virginia
|vs. Texas Tech
|vs. Iowa State
Here’s how our staff believes TCU will finish the regular season.
TCU is not short on talent. The fertile recruiting grounds of the state of Texas, plus a Power 5 pedigree, have given the Horned Frogs a nice chunk of quality players. The good news is TCU is faster and stronger. The Frogs feel as if they are allowed to play with more freedom, which allows their talent to shine. But they are coming off a seven-loss season and will be playing in a new offense and a new defense. While players speak of similarities between what they did last season to what has been installed this season, it’s not necessarily going to be a seamless transition. There will be times when TCU will be on the short end of the talent spectrum. But they have enough experience to persevere in games that might be too close to call. The Frogs will experience plenty of highs but also some painful lows. The roller coaster is loaded and ready to go.
Prediction: TCU will go 8-4, beating Colorado, Tarleton State, SMU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Iowa State.
Is a fresh voice and a new attitude enough to turn the tide in Fort Worth? That’s what athletic director Jeremiah Donati and TCU fans are counting on, as it has been nothing but sunshine and roses coming out of fall camp for the Horned Frogs. After years of disappointing finishes, questionable play calls and wondering why there was such an insistence of forcing round pegs into square holes, it seems as if the Frogs are aligned across the board heading into the 2022 season. As Jeff said, the talent is certainly there — but rarely over the past several seasons has the talent been the question. Instead, the proof will be how talent on paper translates to execution on the field. For as much positivity has been gleaned from fall camp, the true tests still lie ahead.
It’s hard to overstate how important the 2022 season is for TCU, as Donati and Sonny Dykes look to get the program back on track in the world of NIL, the transfer portal and realignment. While we shouldn’t expect the Frogs to light the world on fire in the first year under Dykes, getting to a bowl game seems to be the lowest bar they must hurdle.
Prediction: TCU will go 7-5, beating Colorado, Tarleton State, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Baylor and Iowa State.
Don’t underestimate what new energy can do for a program that has talent. Sonny Dykes has said and done everything right since stepping on campus in late November. He’s hired an strong staff, retained the majority of TCU’s talent during the transition, and brought in one of the top transfer classes in the country. All of that makes this season feel less like of a rebuild and more like a reload.
Now, for Dykes, the rubber meets the road. Will all the hype over the past 10 months lead to wins? It can, certainly. The offense has the weapons to be dangerous out of the gate, and there’s no doubt the Frogs will put up points. Defensively, the Frogs will need to improve. An abysmal defense in 2021 was TCU’s downfall, but new coordinator Joe Gillespie brings with him a new system that allows players to play fast and think less.
If it all comes together, the Frogs could surprise a few folks.
Prediction: TCU will go 9-3, beating Colorado, Tarleton State, SMU, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor and Iowa State
The Horned Frogs are really good. Or are they? It is so easy to throw praise and admiration around for a team that has yet to kick the ball off in a real game. There is no doubt that I am a believer after the practice and preparation part of their season. TCU comes out of fall camp healthy, talented and deep at just about every position.
However, there are two things that this team cannot escape, despite a healthy and robust roster. This is a first-year coaching staff, and the winning history, or lack thereof, that comes with that is not on their side. There are always exceptions. Secondly, TCU has yet to name a starting quarterback. While we all think we know who it will be, it is always difficult to go all-in on a team where that position has any doubt or uncertainty. The quarterback trio is talented and can all run the show on offense, but we still need to see it live in-game.
With all of that said … these guys are really good. I think.
Prediction: TCU will go 7-5, beating Colorado, Tarleton State, SMU, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor. Iowa State will be the one to watch for eight wins.