TCU had a rocky 2018 season due to shoddy quarterback play, but can Gary Patterson’s team turn the corner in 2019? Game-by-game picks for TCU football.
After winning 11 games in 2017, expectations were high for the TCU Horned Frogs heading into the 2018 season. Shawn Robinson, a Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, was set to take over for Kenny Hill. The Horned Frogs’ first big test of the season came in their third game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Though TCU lost to the eventual Big Ten Champions, they played well and likely felt that they could hang with the best teams in the country.
Unfortunately, that feeling was short-lived. The Horned Frogs lost four out of their next five games, including an embarrassing loss to the Kansas Jayhawks.
The main issue for TCU was inconsistent quarterback play. Robinson simply did not perform as expected and turned the ball over at crucial times in big games. He had eight turnovers in six games against FBS schools before being replaced by Michael Collins in the second quarter of the Horned Frog’s matchup with Oklahoma. Robinson underwent season-ending surgery and Collins was not better as a replacement.
TCU ended up winning three of their last four games to sneak into the Cheez-It Bowl where they managed to win an ugly 10-7 game vs. Cal.
The quarterback position is still a huge question mark coming into the 2019 season. Fortunately, preseason All-American receiver Jalen Reagor is back and should help whoever starts under center. Gary Patterson will, of course, put a solid defense on the field, and if the Horned Frogs can find stability at the quarterback position TCU could bounce back in 2019.