Wescott Eberts — editor
Who knows what version of the Longhorns will show up on Friday afternoon? Will it be the group that has upset highly-ranked teams in the past? Or the group that was distracted and playing not to lose last week?
Two things that are clear are that TCU quarterback Kenny Hill is erratic and the Horned Frogs defense is not up to typical standards — this is a beatable team. And yet, Texas just lost to woeful Kansas.
To be honest, I have no idea how this goes down as the players attempt to rally around head coach Charlie Strong, who could well lose his job in the aftermath, regardless of a win or loss.
TCU 24, Texas 20
Cody Daniel — co-editor
Even if for no other reason than the team possibly believing in the sliver of hope that a victory over TCU may earn Charlie Strong another season on the 40 Acres, I think Texas comes out on top.
As you can tell by their records, neither team is particularly great and that should come as a huge plus to the ‘Horns after Strong has lost each of his previous two meetings with TCU by a combined score of 98-17.
It’s hard to envision Texas not playing some tremendously inspired football, making a handful of key plays defensively and riding D’Onta Foreman to the tune of 175-plus yards. Shane Buechele is due for another long-range score through the air to one of a handful of capable receivers, as well.
Texas 34, TCU 27
I admit I was not prepared for last week's prediction. Didn't take the time to study the opponent. Didn't give them their respect. Wasn't ready for that game. They came out, and I wasn't able to correct my prediction in time. That's on me.
Is this week any different? Not really. Spent less time looking into the opponent and more time hitting refresh on Flight Tracker. Nothing but emotion going into this one.
And while this team has been different at home, and may be looking to send Charlie Strong out on a high note, and this TCU team ain't any good...Gary Patterson has still owned this matchup.
TCU 24, Texas 17
It’s a home game, and this Texas team has usually won those this season. Tack on that many of the players will likely be playing their hearts out for Coach Strong, and it has me thinking Texas will beat TCU for the first time, and possibly the last time, in the Charlie Strong era in a game that will leave everyone with mixed emotions when it’s over.
Texas 28, TCU 27