Taking an early look at Texas vs TCU

The Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs will meet in Week 11. The game will have huge conference title implications.

TCU can effectively secure the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 with a win. With only three games remaining, the Horned Frogs would have to lose to Baylor and Kansas to lose the top ranking in the league.

In addition, Baylor would have to defeat K-State, TCU and Texas to take the top spot. With two losses already and shaky defensive play, it’s difficult to see the Bears winning all three of their remaining games.

Texas has a chance to inch closer to a conference title spot. A home loss to the Horned Frogs would all but eliminate the Longhorns, while a win would preserve their tiebreaker over Kansas State.

Let’s take a look at what Texas can look forward to on Saturday.

TCU receivers will run wild

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If you thought Kansas State receivers were wide open, wait until you see what the Horned Frogs do on Saturday. Head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Garrett Riley are tying defenses in knots this year. Texas might need to receive gifts from Max Duggan with turnovers and errant throws.

Quentin Johnston's health is in question

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Quentin Johnston sustained an ankle injury that sidelined him against Texas Tech. His health will play a big role in whether or not Texas can win the game. The big-bodied playmaker will be a matchup nightmare for the Longhorns and someone they will want to avoid facing. It’s not a foregone conclusion that TCU wins if Johnston plays, but if he is good to go Texas is in trouble.

TCU is probably the better team

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TCU players and coaches have performed at a much more consistent pace this season. They’ve also flashed the high end dominance that Texas has at its best. Texas will need to play its game of the year on Saturday.

Texas will need a little help from their friends

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The home crowd could be the difference in winning and losing for Texas. TCU has not faced a road environment like the Longhorns produced against Alabama this year. If the burnt orange faithful can duplicate that kind of noise, the Horned Frogs might fold.

Texas must beat TCU for the right to beat TCU again

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TCU is going to be in the Big 12 championship barring unprecedented chaos. For Texas to win the conference, it will have to beat the Horned Frogs twice. It’s worth monitoring whether or not Sonny Dykes throws everything at Texas in hopes of eliminating the Longhorns. He could hold something back for a potential round two. It’s do or die for Texas. Steve Sarkisian and Pete Kwiatkowski will need to call their best games of the year.

Biggest road test?

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TCU has played their best competition at home. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech were all home games for the Horned Frogs. Their toughest road tests came against Kansas and West Virginia. If they were to drop their first game of the season, Texas might be the most likely loss.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire