Here is the problem - Trevone Boykin already defeated both teams last season. The way UT's defense played in a loss at BYU on Saturday night TCU may not need to attempt a single pass to win.
The sad reality is that despite the hell that Pachall went through to return to TCU and to play quarterback again is that we may have seen the last of him as the starting QB. He reportedly suffered a broken left forearm in the team's win against Southeastern Louisiana, and despite the vague words coming from coach Gary Patterson's about Pachall's long-term possibilities it sounds like this is over.
By the time Pachall is ready to return the team is likely going to be too far gone, and set, with Boykin as the quarterback. There is no confusion now if you are TCU - you're going with Boykin.
The truth - this stinks for Pachall, Patterson and the team.
The truth - Trevone Boykin is actually the better quarterback, and the better alternative for this team.
Boykin is 15 of 25 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He looks like a guy who has played, and is used to making plays with his feet.
A young offensive line needs Boykin's feet to make it look better than it is. Pachall couldn't do that.
This scenario was always possible, but it did not feel plausible because we were all convinced Pachall was just that much better. What few of us, me included, predicted was that Pachall would not look like the same player upon his return.
The reality was Pachall did well against Mountain West competition. He never saw the types of athletes the way Boykin did last season in the Big 12. Patterson said Boykin had improved dramatically in the spring, and he obviously was not kidding.
Before the season began, Gary said Pachall would be the starter because you can't lose a job to injury. Last season Pachall was never injured. He is now.
And this time it looks like he has lost his job.
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