TCU Horned Frogs Betting – 2011 TCU Horned Frogs College Football Preview
If you had to make a sports bet on football played in the Rocky Mountain region this year, the calculus is really rather simple: The 2011 Mountain West Conference race will weed out the competition and leave the new-look league with two teams still standing at the end of 12 games: Boise State and TCU. In the only season in which these two non-traditional heavyweights will share the same conference affiliation, the clash between the Broncos and Horned Frogs is going to dominate the headlines in the league that was abandoned by Utah and Brigham Young. The fact that those schools – which used to battle TCU for Mountain West supremacy – are gone will make TCU’s conference slate easier in most respects. However, because Boise State left the Western Athletic Conference and decide it needed to move up in the college football pecking order, the Horned Frogs do have one very big problem: those Broncos who live on the smurf turf and are always alongside TCU when it comes to making a splash in the college football world.
TCU’s bid advantage as it gets ready for the coming season is that, as was the case for Boise State when it won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, the Horned Frogs have now bagged their own big bowl game. The 2011 Rose Bowl triumph over Wisconsin gave TCU its statement win on a national stage against an elite foe. The Frogs have silenced their foremost critics by delivering the goods at the highest levels of competition. Even MLB baseball betting students are aware of the prominence and stature TCU has attained as a program. Yet, even with ample resources, the 2011 season will be a thorny one for the Horned Frogs.
Head coach Gary Patterson had quite a run with quarterback Andy Dalton over the past four seasons. In 2011, Patterson must replace not only the winningest quarterback in school history, but a plethora of talented wide receivers in Jeremy Kerley, Jimmy Young, and Bart Johnson. Pitching and catching the pigskin is going to be a lingering issue, especially in the face of Boise State’s formidable collection of talent on both sides of the ball.
Running back, however, will not be a concern in the realm of the Frogs. Ed Wesley is back for TCU, along with Matthew Tucker and breakaway back Waymon James. Defense is the Frogs’ mainstay because they have two of the best linebackers in the country returning. Tank Carder knocked down the pass by Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien that could have tied the Rose Bowl at 21-apiece in the final minutes. Carder’s positioning thwarted that 2-point conversion and attempt and preserved the Frogs’ 21-19 win in the Granddaddy. Along with Tanner Brock, Carder will continue to make plays within TCU’s defensive system. The defense returns just five starters from last season, but history is on the side of Patterson and defensive guru Dick Bumpas. TCU’s defense will be just fine, and that’s what will keep this program a factor in the top tier of the sport.
TCU has cracked the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll in each of the last three seasons. Those in and around the program have gotten used to success. The Frogs have thrust themselves into a number of sports betting conversations by winning at least 10 games eight times during the past decade. With a swan song in the Mountain West Conference at hand (the program moves to the Big East in 2012), it will be interesting to see how the Frogs respond. TCU will find itself on the road or at a neutral site for all of its most difficult games. The Frogs travel to old Southwest Conference rival Baylor and Mountain West foe Air Force during the first two weeks of the season. TCU plays former Mountain West rival-turned-independent BYU in late October at Cowboys Stadium. Two weeks later, the Frogs travel to Boise in what should be the deciding game in the Mountain West. The real test is this: Can TCU overcome a daunting road-heavy schedule while breaking in a new quarterback bereft of big-game experience?
All that’s left is to tee up the football and play the season.