A combination of a stifling Oklahoma defense and an inept TCU offense produced one of the more interesting stat lines in recent times, as the Horned Frogs managed just 17 total yards and no first downs in the first half against the Sooners on Saturday.
Not that Oklahoma was tearing up the scoreboard either, but OU did do enough to forge a 13-0 lead behind the short passing and rushing prowess of quarterback Blake Bell.
How bad was it for TCU? Well, the Horned Frogs had -1 yards rushing, punted six times and two of their six possessions ended in negative yardage.
The TCU of three years ago seems like a distant memory at this point. That Horned Frog team went 13-0 in 2010 and averaged nearly 42 points per game thanks in large part to future NFL starting quarterback Andy Dalton — plus a more forgiving schedule.
Because of the improved competition, we all knew it was going to be an adjustment for TCU to move to the Big 12, but the difficulty of the transition has been exacerbated by the issues the Horned Frogs have at quarterback. Some of the issues are just the result of bad luck (like the injury to Casey Pachall, for instance) and others are due to lack of player development (Trevone Boykin, looked promising last year, does not look like the answer at this point). Until Gary Patterson gets this sorted out, his program will continue to struggle. Still, he’s more than earned the right to be granted the time to fix it.
As for the Sooners, they have to be looked at as a dark horse to go undefeated at this point. They might be favored in all but one game the rest of the way and if Bell can keep improving, it’s not out of the question that they win them all.
Less than two weeks after leaving the Pac-12, Casey Hughes has landed in the Big Ten.
Jan. 10, Hughes announced on Twitter that he had decided to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive back confirmed that he will be transferring into the Michigan football program.
Hughes joins Jim Harbaugh‘s squad as a graduate transfer, which will allow him to use his final season of eligibility with the Wolverines this year.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.
After a brief sabbatical, Lindsey Scott is back in the SEC.
Scott confirmed on his personal Twitter account Monday evening that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Missouri. Per his social media missive, the quarterback opted for Mizzou over FBS programs like Kansas and UT-San Antonio.
A three-star member of the LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Scott was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 54 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.
In August of last year, Scott decided to transfer from the Tigers. He spent the 2017 season at Last Chance U, otherwise known as East Mississippi Community College.
After a brief junior-college pit stop, Keenan Forbes is back at a Power Five program.
Washington State confirmed over the weekend that Forbes has been added to the football program’s 2018 signing class. The offensive lineman has already enrolled in classes at the university and is expected to take part in spring practice in a couple of months.
Counting 2018, Forbes will have three seasons of eligibility at his disposal.
A three-star member of Iowa State’s 2016 recruiting class, the Florida high schooler chose ISU over his other finalist, Temple. After redshirting as a true freshman, Forbes opted to transfer from the Cyclones.
Forbes spent the 2017 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
It appears Urban Meyer‘s coaching staff at Ohio State will (for now) remain intact after all.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Ryan Day was considering leaving his job as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach to join former OSU assistant and newly-minted NFL head coach Mike Vrabel as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. A day later, one report has Day eschewing the NFL opportunity and remaining with Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Day just completed his first season with the Buckeyes, serving as both co-coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has been a solo coordinator twice in his coaching career — at Temple in 2012 and then in 2013-14 at Boston College.
Prior to coming to OSU, Day was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and spent the 2015 season in the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Those were his first two stints at the NFL level.
Given that OSU will be breaking in a new quarterback in 2018, keeping Day on the staff is a significant win for Meyer’s program.