Few teams in the Big 12 lost as much talent as TCU following the 2017 season, but Gary Patterson’s program has been a model of consistency throughout his tenure.
Fresh off of an 11-win season, that’s expected to prove true yet again in 2018, as evident by Sporting News projecting the Horned Frogs to make a New Year’s Six bowl next season. Sporting News’ Bill Bender slots TCU against Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
As noted, though, to reach that point, TCU will have to navigate its schedule after losing an abundance of talent. 15 starters from the Horned Frogs’ Alamo Bowl win will need to be replaced, including Kenny Hill, Travin Howard, Kyle Hicks, John Diarse, Mat Boesen, Nick Orr and Desmon White, along with four starting offensive linemen.
In Hill’s absence, the Horned Frogs will decide from a quarterback group including Shawn Robinson and Justin Rogers. Robinson looked good in spurts last season, while Rogers enters as the highest-ranked recruit in TCU history.
TCU also lost two of its three leading receivers with the departure of Diarse and White, along with starting tight end Cole Hunt. But plenty of upside remains on the outside, as well.
Jalen Reagor looks the part of a start in the making after notching a team-leading 576 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017. Speedy senior-to-be KaVontae Turpin is back and joined by talented options such as Omar Manning and Tevailance Hunt.
Linebacker Ty Summers and defensive end Ben Banogu will headline a defense that should prove to be stout, yet again, and of course, Gary Patterson will oversee the entire operation.
The talent will be in place for another double-digit win season, as will the coaching, per usual. With three of the Horned Frogs’ first seven games coming against Ohio State, Texas, and Oklahoma, though, TCU will need to hit the ground running in hopes of enjoying a season successful enough to end with a New Year’s Six bid.