Know Your Enemy: What Texas Football Must Do to Beat TCU

Sep 26, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Christian University Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) looks for running room against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium. TCU defeated Texas Tech 55-52. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas defense will have to try to contain TCU quarterback Trevor Boykin, who pilots one of the nation's most prolific offenses (photo courtesy of

By Adam Sweeney

The 2015-16 Texas football season has felt a lot like a Taylor Swift album, as we have witnessed one heartbreak after another. But fret not, UT fans, because it's a new day and with it comes an opportunity for Charlie Strong's squad to knock off one of the titans of college football, the TCU Horned Frogs. What do the Longhorns have to do to feast on frog Saturday morning and end TCU's 12-game winning streak? We're here to drop the knowledge. It's time to "Know your Enemy."

It's a trap!

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UT's overall progress as a team, combined with a last-gasp 55-52 win by the Horned Frogs over Texas Tech last week, is leading many to pick a Texas upset this week. Let's push aside the fact that we are discussing a Texas win as an upset, which shouldn't feel strange given the program's recent history, but still does. Take off the TCU helmet decal and you, at this moment, are looking at a team that probably doesn't deserve to be ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25 poll, even though the Horned Frogs are ranked second nationally in total offense. They are one tipped pass away from being an also-ran in the playoff discussion. Let's watch that catch by Aaron Green for fun.

Now, let's be clear. Many national title contenders prosper in nail-biter games. The 2009 Texas team did in the Big 12 Championship game versus Nebraska. Auburn won the famous "Kick Six" game in 2013 versus Alabama. Winning a close game against an "inferior" opponent doesn't mean a team is weak. It can, however, display [article-offer]

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.

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