Starting field position could play a large role in Saturday’s TCU-Oklahoma game. That might not be good news for the Horned Frogs.
Bleacher Report’s Greg Wallace identified punting as the Horned Frogs’ biggest weakness. TCU ranks 99th out of 129 FBS teams in net punting, ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.
Punter Adam Nunez’s average of 39.5 yards ranks 92nd out of 103 qualified punters (3.6 punts per team game). If the Horned Frogs hope to win Saturday, they will need to make it as difficult as possible for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to take the Sooners down the field.
“TCU’s weakness shows when it is trying to put foes in difficult field position,” Wallace wrote. “… Nunez has put 22 kicks inside opponents’ 20-yard lines, but he needs to be more consistent to help the defense with difficult tests like Oklahoma ahead.”
The Sooners are No. 1 in the FBS in offensive efficiency. The Horned Frogs have the No. 6 scoring defense. Saturday is a matchup of heavyweights, with Mayfield’s Heisman campaign up against TCU coach Gary Patterson’s defensive acumen.
It will only further benefit the Horned Frogs if Nunez and TCU’s punt coverage unit can pin the Sooners deep in their own territory. In a game between the Big 12’s top two teams, field position might just be what determines the game.
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