Preview: No. 7 TCU football set to host Texas Tech in Fort Worth

TCU running back Kendre Miller runs for 120 yards on 12 carries on October 29, 2022. (photo courtesy of

By Dru Kennedy, Staff Writer

On Saturday, the No. 7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs will face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Fort Worth. Their goal has remained the same since week one.

“Win one game a week,” said head coach Sonny Dykes.

Texas Tech has a 4-4 record on the year, but they are a dangerous team who has wins over both Texas and West Virginia.

“They have a lot of firepower on both sides of the ball,” Dykes said. “They are an overall football team that is capable of doing some really good things.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, senior defensive end Dylan Horton said the team has been over-emphasizing getting off to a faster start defensively.

In the past three games, the Frog defense has allowed 73 first-half points and only 26 second-half points, 10 of them coming in double overtime against Oklahoma State.

Halftime adjustments have been huge for the defense, but they will need to adjust quicker against a Texas Tech team that scores in bunches.

“We’ve been working on starting off quicker defensively this week in practice, emphasizing more effort and doing our job quicker in the game,” said Horton.

The defense will be getting huge help, as senior safety Millard Bradford will be making his return from injury this week.

The Frogs will also look to play a more physical game, as the Red Raiders are a team that brings fire power and physicality on both sides of the ball.

“Last week against West Virginia we didn’t play as physical as we had been, so I think we need to get back to that this week,” said running back Kendre Miller.

A key player for the Red Raiders to watch out for is linebacker Tyree Wilson. Wilson recorded 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and recorded his 41st quarterback rush against Baylor last weekend.

On the other side of the ball the Frogs will have to prepare for two quarterbacks as Tech has played both Behren Morton and Donovan Smith this year.

The no. 7 ranked Frogs are 8-0  this season. Even with the College Football Playoff rankings being released Tuesday night, the Horned Frogs are taking things one step at a time and still need to execute the rest of the way.

“No 8-0 team just has a crown of immunity to not getting beat and that’s just the mindset I have,” said senior offensive lineman Steve Avila.

Head coach Sonny Dykes is the first head coach in Big 12 Conference history to start their first season with a team 8-0.

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TCU vs Texas Tech is being featured as Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff’s game of the week with the show starting at 9 a.m. CST Saturday morning, followed by kickoff at 11 a.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.