The air in Lubbock is electric. Tonight’s matchup features the Horned Frogs of TCU and your Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium, with kickoff set for 6:30 CST. Stay tuned to this blog for all the latest news and updates. Now, let’s look at the keys to victory over TCU.
Harass Trevone Boykin
He may be the backup quarterback, but Boykin has starter talent. At times during the game last season he showed flashes of brilliance, so we know he can torch Tech’s defense if he gets on a roll. The key to throwing Boykin off his game is a relentless pass rush. Through two games so far this season, Matt Wallerstedt’s defense is as advertised: attacking, showing multiple fronts, and blitzing like crazy on third-down. If the front seven can keep up the pressure, Boykin won’t have a chance.
Protect the Football
TCU is a very disciplined team (when they’re playing football), especially on defense. Tech’s first-team offense and Baker Mayfield haven’t turned the ball over yet, but the ‘Frogs forced at least one turnover in both of their last two games. Especially in the secondary, TCU plays with lots of aggression and focus, so Mayfield needs to be careful which throws he tries to make.