There is no getting around that we had a pretty dismal slate of games on opening night, but Friday night things are heating up for the game down in Texas between TCU and Baylor. You have a Horned Frog team that always puts out a nasty defense thanks to coach Gary Patterson facing an intriguing bunch from Baylor led by their freakishly fast QB Robert Griffin. The Bears also have some good talent around Griffin too.
I realize there will be a lot of focus on the play of the Horned Frogs new QB Casey Pachall, the guy that once turned down a Florida offer and now replaces the ultra-efficient Andy Dalton. No doubt that'll be compelling to watch, but I really want to see Griffin's performance against Patterson's D led by those two stud linebackers Tank Carder and Tanner Brock. Those two are seldom in the wrong place. (Brock and Griffin were actually high school teammates.)
Griffin's production overall has been impressive: 41 TDs against 11 INTs in his career and his accuracy has improved each year, topping out at 67 percent in 2010. Good stuff, especially for a guy most think of first for his blazing speed. Let's see if he can elevate his game against the tougher competition, though. Last year, TCU hammered Baylor, 45-10, where he had just 21 yards on 14 carries and only 164 yards through the air. He wasn't that sharp later in the year when the schedule heated up again, throwing one TD against three INTs in three consecutive losses against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and OU. Let's see if Griffin is ready to now show that he is an elite college player, more than just an exciting one.