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Texas’ schedule talk: TCU

Posted August 23rd, 2014

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Did you know that TCU will play two quarterbacks in its season opener? Trevone Boykin, who has started 15 games the past two years, will split duties with Matt Joeckel, best remembered as Johnny Manziel’s backup at Texas A&M.
Did you know that TCU has brought in not one, but two new offensive coordinators? Doug Meachem, who came from Houston, shares the OC role with Sonny Cumbie, who has spent the last four years at Texas Tech. They replace Jarrett Anderson and Rusty Burns, who were ousted after the Horned Frogs finished 107th in the nation in total offense.
Did you know that the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, TCU’s Devonte Fields, is longer at TCU? The defensive end was dismissed from the program after an offseason incident in which he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the face and pointed a gun at her.
We’ve spent the past 11 days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA, Texas-Kansas, Texas-Baylor, Texas-Oklahoma, Texas-Iowa State, Texas-Kansas State-, Texas-Texas Tech, Texas-West Virginia and Texas-Oklahoma State.

Now we’ve come to the end of the regular season.

Game 12: Nov. 27

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TEXAS VS. TCU

Royal-Memorial Stadium, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1

Charlie Strong’s first regular season will be in the books after this Thanksgiving night game. Will the Horns be thankful for his hire? If things go poorly, Texas might be fighting for its bowl-bid life against the Horned Frogs. If things go well, perhaps the Longhorns are trying to sew up a Big 12 title.

At 4-8, TCU suffered its first losing season last year since 2004. The Horned Frogs never were able to put together two wins in a row and faded down the stretch, losing five of their last six games.

Since joining the Big 12, TCU is 6-12 in conference games.

Last year, a lightning delay in excess of three hours forced Texas’ 30-7 win into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Anthony Fera kicked three field goals and the Texas defense surrendered only 246 yards. It was Texas’ fourth straight win, and it was Greg Robinson’s fifth game as defensive coordinator after taking over for Manny Diaz.

Texas vs. TCU: FYI

Storylines: (1) The regular season wraps up with this Turkey Day clash. What will be at stake for both teams? (2) It’ll be Senior Day. Say goodbye to Quandre Diggs, Malcolm Brown, Cedric Reed, Dominic Espinosa, Jordan Hicks, Steve Edmond and others. (3) Is this finally the year that TCU begins making an impact on the Big 12?

All-time series: Texas leads, 62-21-1

Last time: Texas, 30-7 (2013)

Last year: Texas was 8-5, 7-2 in conference and 4-2 at home (wins over New Mexico State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech; losses to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State). TCU was 4-8, 2-7 and 1-4 on the road (a win at Iowa State; losses at Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State).

Texas vs. TCU, in Austin: 32-12-1

Texas vs. TCU, in Fort Worth: 30-9

Kirk Bohls says: Texas

Cedric Golden says: Texas

Vegas says: Texas by 9.5

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