John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Look for the senior Okafor to have a big game against the Horned Frogs.
Focus on the Task at Hand:
With a major showdown with Kansas State looming, the Longhorns need to remain focused on beating TCU and worry about the Wildcats afterwards.
We always hear about "trap" games in college football and this is definitely one for the BCS-hopeful Longhorns. Not to take anything away from TCU, but the Longhorns are a more talented team with eyes on a big-time upset next weekend in Manhattan. They should win this game, but there is always a risk of a major letdown when a team has its eyes on the following game.
In order to avoid such a letdown, the Longhorns just need to keep doing what they have done the past two weeks, That is, continue to finish plays on defense and protect the ball on offense. If they do that, then they should at least put themselves in position to earn a BCS berth with a win over the Wildcats.
Win the Trenches:
Over the past two games, the Longhorns have won the battle up front on both sides of the ball and will need to continue to do so in order to beat TCU.
This is especially the case for an offensive line that is going up against the nation's seventh-ranked rush defense and a budding sack maven in Devonte Fields. When Texas cannot run and cannot keep David Ash off of the turf, then the Oklahoma game happens. When Texas can run and Ash has time to throw, 607 yards against Iowa State happens. The men up front are the key to everything Texas does on offense and will have to continue to play well for Texas to win out.
The same goes for the defensive front, which features possibly the conference's best defensive player in defensive end Alex Okafor. This unit seems to have finally figured out how to at least slow down the opposing rushing attack and cannot afford a lapse against two talented TCU running backs. This unit also presents Texas the best opportunity to force turnovers because the TCU quarterback Boykin will turn the ball over as he already has eight times this season.
If Texas can run, protect David Ash and get pressure on Boykin then the Longhorns will win this game.