The rankings take a turn this week as some experts and fans will likely disagree with the TCU Horned Frogs coming in at #7 on the list. With a handful of questions remaining heading into the 2014 season, all eyes will be on Trevone Boykin and the offense.
#7 TCU Horned Frogs
2013 Finish | 4-8 (2-7)
In 2013, the Horned Frogs faced high expectations including the notion of being able to contend for a conference crown. Instead, the opposite took place as TCU fell to the bottom of the barrel. While Gary Patterson has 7 starters returning on offense next season, the biggest loss may be Casey Pachall which leaves the offense in the hands of an inconsistent Trevone Boykin.
Although Boykin has starting experience and has proven to be a versatile piece of the Horned Frog attack, fact remains he threw 7 touchdowns to 7 interceptions last season. B.J. Catalon should provide a push out of the backfield assuming TCU returns to the usual stout rushing game.
On the other side of the ball, the Horned Frogs return 8 starters from a defense that ranked 25th in the nation. The brightest spot comes along the defensive line with Devonte Fields who sat out a majority of the year due to injury and off-the-field issues. Regardless, if Fields' freshman season was an indicator of the promise this kid has, he will be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. But, how do you replace a talent like Jason Verrett, an All-American, in the secondary?
If TCU hopes to remove the woes of last season, they must find a win to win close games. Behind 4 one-possession losses, expectations quickly turned south. However, I am not sure this offense can produce those game winning drives with the touchdown to turnover ratio of a QB like Boykin...