In a series I’m doing at footballstudyhall.com I broke down the chess games between Patterson and the Buckeyes that took place early in 2018. Going in I figured that Dwayne Haskins and the passing game would be too much for the Frogs, and he definitely did some real damage throwing it around but TCU had it all well enough accounted for had their own offense and special teams not given the game away.
Some things I took from this game in terms of the prospective 2019 TCU Horned Frogs:
-Innis Gaines is a true stud, it’s possible that he’ll be their best strong safety yet. He gets the defense and he moves like lightning when he commits to something.
-Noah Daniels flashed in that game as well. The Frogs figure to have at least three CBs in 2019 that can play in the Big 12 without getting picked apart, which is perhaps as many as anyone.
-TCU’s read coverage is exploitable with runs to the boundary. @The_Coach_A pointed out to me that Florida State was running it against Virginia Tech last year and got gashed with iso to the boundary because they’d run out of defenders at the point of attack with their support weighted to the field where the strong safety is. Ohio State did some work as well hitting the boundary, which I detail in the article.
The solution to that is just mixing in some coverages where the weak safety is the primary box support, which the Frogs do utilize.
-Last year Patterson had @SMU, Ohio State, and then @Texas in back-to-back-to-back weeks. Then he had Iowa State, Tech, and then Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma after the Sooners had a bye week to process their RRS defeat, shore up their defense, and give TCU’s defense extra attention. The Frogs got beat up badly with injuries in that stretch and Patterson’s powers of scouting and concentration were a little divided.
In 2019 the Frogs have an easier slate. Their non-conference includes SMU at home and on the road against Purdue, Texas has to come to Fort Worth, the Texas Tech and West Virginia games sandwiching Oklahoma are much less threatening, and Lincoln Riley doesn’t get a bye week before he faces them.
I’m willing to bet that priority one for Patterson in 2019 is dealing a loss to Riley and Oklahoma. Gare is 0-5 against Lincoln Riley since he came to Norman and the last three defeats have all been by substantial margins. It’s hard to imagine Patterson getting more excited for anything other than finally dealing out some payback in that game.