UT head coach Charlie Strong before the game against California at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 19, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Staff takes, Texas vs. TCU: Do the Horns have enough for a shootout?

Posted October 2nd, 2015

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Our staff takes on Saturday’s Texas-TCU matchup:

BRIAN DAVIS: Last week’s questionable calls are in the rearview; TCU’s up ahead

It’s been easy to get swept up in Refgate this week. That’s a bogus call on Poona Ford! But that official bumped Charlie Strong! Look, bad calls are part of it. The officials didn’t stop Oklahoma State on those first two drives that led to 14 points. They didn’t stop Michael Dickson from catching that punt snap, did they? Of course not. And to the Horns’ credit, they didn’t dwell on the questionable calls. Now they’ve got to bounce back against an incredible TCU offense led by quarterback Trevone Boykin. As much as I’d like to believe Texas will hang tough, TCU has too much offensive horsepower. The Frogs pull away in the second half.

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KIRK BOHLS: TCU is the first of three big opportunities, Charlie

So TCU is vulnerable because half its defense is injured and the other half is vicimized for 52 points by Texas Tech. We already know Texas is more vulnerable because of its 1-3 record. Charlie Strong has three chances to impress with dates against ranked teams TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor. Beat one and Charlie has his signature win and momentum to reach a bowl game. With the Frogs’ ability to explode for 60 points and Texas right tackle Kent Perkins unlikely to go, or at least play at full strength, to protect Jerrod Heard, an upset doesn’t seem likely. TCU, 48-38.

CEDRIC GOLDEN: October 3rd doesn’t have July 4th’s calendar cred, but expect fireworks anyway

Despite their well-documented injury woes, the TCU Horned Frogs have plenty of weapons to make it a long day for the Longhorns. As long as Trevone Boykin is behind center, that point spread could be right on the money. Wideout Josh Doctson will be working on Sundays one day and figures to give Texas fits all day long. Running back Aaron Green will be a handful to tackle. I expect the combined score to go into the 70s for sure. The Horns will give up a boat load of yards, but I expect Texas to put up its share of numbers. Expect fireworks.

RYAN AUTULLO: Don’t be shocked if the losses start to accumulate

If Texas falls to 1-4, don’t claim you weren’t warned. There was little chance of the Longhorns having a good season after losing all their standout players from last year’s 6-7 team. You’ve read as much from us, so don’t be alarmed as the losses accumulate. The best anyone can hope for is that Texas spoils someone else’s season — TCU’s, perhaps — and ride some late-season momentum into a bowl game.

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