Last year, TCU was the Cinderella of the college football season. But, after an embarrassing performance in the national championship game against Georgia and a terrible showing on defense against Deion Sanders and Colorado on Saturday, the shine has definitely worn off.
The stats are not good, as the Horned Frog defense has been played off the field twice in a row now in huge games.
In the last two outings, TCU has given up a whopping 110 points against Georgia and Colorado. To make matters worse, they’ve given up a staggering 1100+ yards in just two games. They’ve only forced four punts in that time frame, as teams have been able to do whatever they want against them.
Granted, Georgia was pretty awesome last year and was simply physically superior at basically every position compared to TCU. And, when TCU’s offense couldn’t move the ball at all, the defense got worn out, as total plays were 72-51, Georgia.
But, Saturday’s 45-42 loss to Deion Sanders and Colorado was a huge red flag. Make no mistake, Colorado has some talented players on that offense. Shedeur Sanders looked like a Heisman Trophy contender, as did Dylan Edwards and two-way phenom Travis Hunter. Offensive coordinator Sean Lewis ran one of the nation’s best offenses at Kent State, as well. But, there’s not a lot of talent up front for Colorado. TCU’s defensive line did create some havoc with 4 sacks and 7 TFL’s, but the back end of the defense was atrocious. They frequently missed tackles and blew coverages, and it was overall a terrible showing.
TCU outside linebacker Johnny Hodges was probably the best player on the Horned Frog defense Saturday, as he notched nine tackles to go along with a sack and tackle for loss. But, that didn’t make him feel any better, as he ripped his team’s effort. Take a look.
TCU LB Johnny Hodges was BRUTALLY honest about the Horned Frogs defense. 💯 pic.twitter.com/VHtv7EHngT
— College Sports Only (@CollegeSportsO) September 6, 2023
Yikes. That’s pretty harsh, but he’s not far off. TCU has a cupcake this week in Nicholls State before they head into the meat of their schedule starting with Houston in week 3.