The Big 12 conference is terrible wide open, so there is a decent chance that the conference champion is going to have two conference losses. Somewhere Mack Brown is throwing a party at this thought.
No team that loses at West Virginia - looking at you T. Boone State - should win a BCS conference title.
Locally, TCU is not good as originally thought because its quarterback is simply too erratic. The defense is Big 12 legit, but the offensive line isn't there yet. Neither is the QB. The problem for head coach Gary Patterson is that he needs QB Trevone Boykin's feet to make that line look a little better, but that same QB is not accurate enough with his throws.
Boykin throws a tremendous deep ball. Everything else is an adventure. It may not change everything, but he has been hurt by the departure of wide receiver Josh Boyce to the NFL.
In three games with the New England Patriots, Boyce has no catches. This does not mean he should have stayed at TCU. He had earned his degree, and leaving was a smart move.
His departure has created a hole, however, that the likes of returning receivers Brandon Carter, Cam White or LaDarius Brown have not filled. It may not help that Boykin remains an erratic thrower, especially on the intermediate routes, but his receivers have not been getting enough separation.
In the blowout win against SMU on Saturday in Fort Worth, freshman Ty Slanina and Florida-transfer Ja'Juan Story made the plays that the likes of Carter and Brown should be making.
A three-year player at TCU, Boyce knew what he was doing. He made Boykin look better than he was, and he commanded the best defensive backs which created better matchups for Brown, White and Carter. They have to win their matchups.
We heard that Boykin was dramatically improved, but what we have seen thus far is a guy who looks similar to last season. If his receivers don't give him a little more help, expect the results to be the same to last season as well.
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