Heartbreak in Morgantown, revenge in Fort Worth, and more heartbreak in Morgantown can completely explain the sequence of events that has followed the Big 12 series between TCU (7-0, 4-0) and West Virginia (3-3, 0-3).
The Horned Frogs of TCU come in ranked 3rd in all of college football and with a perfect record with everything to prove in order to see a playoff berth while West Virginia must get back on track in order to save a season that has been derailed by a three game losing streak. The two teams will square off tonight in what will be a blockbuster or bluff of a match up not only because of ranking or what is at stake but mainly because of history.
History on the Series
1. Saturday November 3, 2012, Morgantown, WV: TCU def. WVU 39-38 (2OT)
2. Saturday November 2, 2013, Fort Worth, TX: WVU def. TCU 30-27 (OT)
3. Saturday November 1, 2014, Morgantown, WV: TCU def. WVU 31-30 (walk off field goal)
The couple of teams whether ranked or not have never taken a home victory or a win of more than 3 points.
Thursday October 29, 2015?
Examining these two teams in 2015 is very cut and dry and may not reflect the closeness of the teams in the past.
West Virginia could easily be ranked the top team in the country with wins over the Big 12 elites if not for turnovers on quarterback Skyler Howard's end, field position, and poor defensive back play from defensive coordinator Tony Gibson's secondary. One could ponder if the loss of Karl Joseph demoralized this team or if the hype was much bigger than the product on this team. Either way the Mountaineers have to make it work and turn it around in Fort Worth.
TCU is simply playing on a different level and head coach Gary Patterson is clicking on all cylinders when it comes to his game plan. They have yet to score less than 45 points in all but one game.
TCU only has 3 interceptions on the year although they boast a large sum of pass breakups. Howard needs to take advantage of any open looks this secondary gives him and his go-to receiver Shelton Gibson ( 23 rec. 540 yards. 6 TD's). Do it all running back Wendell Smallwood should be feeling healthier in reference to his ankle after a bye week as well. This TCU team can score but they also give up a large sum of points too. If West Virginia can manage to keep it close it may come down to who has the ball last.
Unfortunately for WVU the Horned Frogs are averaging just about 50 points per game and with an absent pass rush Trevone Boykin will look to continue on his legitimate Heisman campaign. The dual threat quarterback from Dallas, Texas has been one of the nation's most efficient quarterbacks and is on pace to finish with just under 1,000 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards. His favorite target Josh Doctson has already moved passed the thousand yard mark in receiving and has a massive 12 receptions that went for touchdowns. That may spell trouble for West Virginia's defense of Daryl Worley and crew who got Corey Coleman on one of his best days in Waco two Saturday's ago.
Things also do not get that much easier for Howard as he faces another skillful defensive front which features 17 sacks. The game plan for WVU has to be centered around beating this and giving their quarterback enough time to make a level-headed decision unlike the last few games. If this doesn't happen TCU will roll to a huge victory and it's first at home against the Mountaineer's in Big 12 play.
This one gets worse before it gets better for the Mountaineers although if history repeats itself this one could end in upset.
TCU 66, WVU 24
Tonight's game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.