(17) TCU at Texas – 4:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Going back to 1898, the Longhorns have dominated the Horned Frogs, but that hasn’t been the case since head coach Gary Patterson took over the TCU program. Patterson holds a 5-2 overall record against the Longhorns while at TCU and doesn’t look to add to the loss column this weekend.
After a disappointing opening loss to Maryland, the Longhorns got back on track by dismantling USC 37-14, which has the talking heads and fans thinking Texas has turned things around heading into Big 12 play. That said, shutting down that USC team is nothing to get excited about and the defense, while great against the run, was torched by a sub-par USC passing attack.
The Horned Frogs are coming off a tough loss to Ohio State, but everyone got a glimpse of what TCU is capable of doing this season. The TCU defense held an electric Buckeyes offense to 26 points, but two Ohio State defensive touchdowns were the difference in the game. That said, Gary Patterson has proved over the past decade that TCU is the team to beat in the state of Texas and there is no better way to solidify that point than shutting down the Longhorns in Austin.
Don’t expect a high scoring Texas-style shootout, but the TCU offense will score enough to keep Texas out of this game.