What TCU fans are saying about Arkansas
Although most of the hype surrounding Week 2 matchups has centered around Bristol Motor Speedway, where Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play in front of what is projected to be a record-setting attendance, there is still plenty of excitement surrounding the Razorbacks’ meeting against former Southwest Conference rival TCU.
Each team overcame sloppy performances to escape with victories over weaker teams in their respective openers, perhaps a sign that players on both teams were looking ahead to this Week 2 showdown between two Power 5 conference opponents rich in history and tradition.
The Horned Frogs and Razorbacks last met in Fort Worth back in 1991 as the Razorbacks squeaked out a 1-point victory over their SWC rivals before leaving for the SEC. Overall, the rivalry has been one-sided, with Arkansas holding a 43-23-2 lead in the all-time series, including five consecutive wins in their last five trips to Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Arkansas may have history on its side, but TCU enters Saturday as the favored team. Still, even if Vegas has the Horned Frogs -7.5, the TCU fan base isn’t feeling overly confident after the team allowed 41 points to South Dakota State in a 59–41 victory.
While much of the talk leading up to the game has surrounded comments made by the Razorbacks’ defensive back Henre’ Toliver, who said the Horned Frogs’ quarterback Kenny Hill “stares down receivers,” the TCU faithful has also been discussing what will happen when the two teams actually take the field.
What are Horned Frogs fans saying about Arkansas? Do they feel their team will win?
As far as talk actually related to on-field activities, TCU fans seem confident about two things and concerned about two things.
1. TCU fans’ greatest concern is in the defense. The Horned Frogs struggled to stop South Dakota State in Week 1, ultimately allowing the Jackrabbits to score 41 points and put up 461 yards of total offense. TCU fans aren’t used to seeing the defense look that bad, and there are widespread concerns about whether or not the struggles will carry into Week 2.
At the forefront of their concerns is the Horned Frogs’ secondary as the unit allowed 333 passing yards — 196 of which were hauled in by one target, Jake Wieneke. The TCU fans realize Arkansas has three legitimate targets in wide receivers Keon Hatcher and Drew Morgan, as well as senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle. Of all the concerns Horned Frogs fans have, nothing is more alarming than the way the defense played last week.
2. The other concern is that TCU got off to a slow start out of the gates in Week 1. Although the Horned Frogs outscored the Jackrabbits 35-17 in the second half, some TCU fans worry that the offense will once again get off to a slow start against Arkansas, which boasts a much better defense than South Dakota State.
The Horned Frogs went into the locker room tied with the Jackrabbits 24-24, and that has some TCU fans wondering if another slow start could help assist the Razorbacks to complete an upset.
AREAS OF CONFIDENCE:
1. With questions surrounding the quarterback position, TCU fans breathed a sigh of relief once they saw Hill was as advertised.
Although the knowledgeable Horned Frogs supporters thought the signal-caller at times “floated” passes, the overall consensus among fans is that he’ll be a weapon throughout the season. TCU fans were happy to not only see him throw for 439 passing yards but also rumble into the end zone for touchdowns on three separate occasions.
2. TCU fans also believe their team has a big advantage with the game being in Fort Worth, which makes sense. Despite the success Arkansas has had in its last five visits to Amon G. Carter Stadium, Horned Frogs fans are expecting the stadium to be rocking for this primetime matchup.
The fans were happy with the crowd in the opener, and they expect the fans to turn it up a notch in front of a nationally televised audience eager to see these former SWC rivals meet for the first time in 25 years. Considering TCU hasn’t lost a home game since 2013, the Horned Frogs fans are feeling confident Arkansas will struggle in that environment.