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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Could TCU be the Big 12's surprise squad?

By Brandon Chatmon

TCU had a rough debut during its first two seasons in the Big 12.

In its initial seasons in the conference, the Horned Frogs went 11-14. During its previous five years, the Horned Frogs went 55-10 playing in the Mountain West Conference.

Although TCU’s defense appeared to take a step backward in 2013, Gary Patterson’s program is built around one of the best defenses in the conference. A closer look at the numbers during TCU’s first two seasons in the Big 12 makes it clear the Horned Frogs could be the surprise of the league in 2014 if their new offense finds its footing and starts holding up its end of the bargain.

With the help of ESPN Stats and Information, let’s take a look at the performance of TCU’s offense and defense during its first couple of seasons in the Big 12 and what those numbers could mean for 2014:
TCU’s new offense has been the offseason storyline in Fort Worth, Texas, but the rest of the Big 12 should be taking notice as well. Meacham and Cumbie have been tasked with getting the Horned Frogs’ offense on track. If they’re successful installing an efficient and explosive offense that takes care of the football, the Horned Frogs could make a run at the Big 12 title because TCU’s defense has been second to none during its first two seasons in the conference.