Virginia vs TCU: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
TCU may be 2-0 to start off its Big 12 debut, but the Horned Frogs had some issues taking care of the ball against Kansas last week in their 20-6 victory.
The No. 17 Horned Frogs take on Virginia next, though, so that could be just the medicine to boost the offense back to its normal level.
Virginia gave up 56 points against Georgia Tech in an embarrassing defeat last week. Coupled with a troubling quarterback situation, head coach Mike London "is calling" for the Cavaliers to step up in Week 4 (see what I did there?).
Here's a look at Saturday's game in Forth Worth.
Where: Amon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN/ESPN 3D
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: -17.5, Over/Under 54.5, via ScoresAndOdds.com
What's At Stake?
Virginia hasn't won the ACC since 1995. The last time the Cavaliers won a bowl game was in the Music City Bowl in 2005.
Last season, Virginia went 8-5 (5-3 ACC), but got bullied by Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 43-24.
This season, the Cavaliers have started out 2-1, but the last game was a doozy, getting manhandled by Georgia Tech, 56-20. Virginia upset then-No. 12 Georgia Tech last October, 24-21.
As for No. 17 TCU, the Horned Frogs have gone 2-0 to start the season, outscoring Grambling State and Kansas by a combined score of 86-6.
The Horned Frogs went 11-2 last season (7-0 MWC), but they are making the transition to the Big 12 this season.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
WR Tim Smith - Leg - Questionable
G Cody Wallace - Leg - Questionable
LB Adam Caplinger - Knee - OUT for season
OT Tim Cwalina - Heart - OUT for season
DT Marco Jones - Knee - OUT for season
S David Marrs - Knee - OUT for season
RB Waymon James - Knee - Questionable
S Trenton Thomas - Undisclosed - Questionable
LB Danny Heiss - Undisclosed - OUT indefinitely
DE Ross Forrest - Knee - OUT for season
What They're Saying
Virginia is coming off its worst defensive performance (in terms of points allowed) since the 1999 MicronPC.com Bowl.
Head coach Mike London was not impressed, to say the least.
London said, “It was embarrassing to me and I’m sure I embarrassed my players" and called the 56-20 loss "a humbling experience," per the Washington Post.
Virginia gave up 594 total yards to Tevin Washington and Georgia Tech, including 461 rushing yards.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson said in his weekly press conference concerning the Kansas game, via TCU360.com, "We gave up some yards, but gave up six points. That's our kind of MO."
He did note that the Horned Frogs needed to work on defending screen passes, though. He also said TCU's defensive ends "got some shocks" from Kansas' offensive line, getting a crash course on the level of competition in the Big 12, per J.D. Moore of TCU 360.
Virginia Player to Watch: Michael Rocco, QB
Virginia was hoping to see some strides from junior quarterback Michael Rocco this season after starting as a sophomore.
But Rocco had a miserable game against Georgia Tech last week, going 15-of-25 for 143 yards (5.7 yards per attempt) while notching one touchdown and two interceptions.
London has declared there is no quarterback controversy after redshirt sophomore Phillip Sims relieved Rocco late against Georgia Tech, via the Washington Post.
On the other hand, there may be one by the time TCU's defense is done with Rocco on Saturday.
TCU Player to Watch: Casey Pachall, QB
Casey Pachall is part of the reason TCU hasn't suffered much after the departure of Andy Dalton to the Cincinnati Bengals last year.
The junior quarterback has gone 33-of-39 for 536 yards and five touchdowns this season, averaging 13.7 yards per attempt. This was after completing 66 percent of his throws for over 2,900 yards and 25 touchdowns to seven interceptions last season.
On the other hand, Pachall lost two fumbles against Kansas last week, which allowed the Jayhawks to hang around.
Key Matchup: Virginia Defense vs. TCU Offense
Not only does TCU have Casey Pachall at the helm, the Horned Frogs have averaged 5.2 yards per carry this season, led by junior Waymon James and senior Matthew Tucker.
Even if Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco improves on Saturday, it won't matter if the Virginia defense can't stop the TCU offense.
Virginia has to bounce back in a big way after allowing 56 points to Georgia Tech.
Will TCU beat Virginia by 18 points or more?
Prediction: TCU 33, Virginia 17
Unless TCU commits another four turnovers (which I don't see happening), it's hard to imagine Virginia making this a close game.
The Cavaliers defense is obviously in need of some serious work and I don't see all the problems being solved in one week of practice.
It's also hard to imagine Michael Rocco doing much against a TCU defense that has allowed six points in two games.
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