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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit: TCU could be good bet down stretch

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit at the NYSE on Friday,

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit at the NYSE on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Credit: Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images

Looking for an outside horse in this year’s College Football Playoff race?

After a few weeks of football, ESPN GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit has his eye on a team that could sneak its way into a playoff spot by year’s end with a few upsets.

“If there’s kind of a wild card for me, it would be TCU,” Herbstreit said. “Me saying this, it could be over this weekend, but TCU is a team I think is better, I think they have a chance.”

The No. 16 Horned Frogs are 3-0 to open the season, including a 28-7 win at Arkansas. After winning a Big 12 co-championship in 2014, TCU hasn’t been able to reclaim that glory. But an older, healthier TCU squad has a shot to change that and make a playoff run, Herbstreit said.

“Kenny Hill’s been better, they’re running the ball which complements what he’s been doing,” Herbstreit said. “I think they’re more mature. The last couple of years, they’ve had so many injuries, they’ve been playing young corners, their defensive line hasn’t had any depth because of injuries. Now, again it’s Week 4, but now they’re rotating nine guys on the defensive line. Much more veteran secondary, especially on the corners.”

TCU will have to reverse some recent history to prove Herbstreit right quickly. On Saturday, the Frogs visit No. 6 Oklahoma State, a team they’re 1-4 against since joining the Big 12 in 2012. GameDay host Rece Davis called the matchup “the best game of the weekend.”

“TCU has struggled with Oklahoma State since they’ve been in the Big 12. Oklahoma State has been as explosive as anybody, and their defense, while not challenged yet by an elite team, has looked really good,” Davis said. “And with that offense, it doesn’t take a lot of stops. That’s one I can’t wait to see.”

Herbstreit thinks you may see and hear a lot more about the Frogs after Saturday.

“Don’t sleep on TCU,” Herbstreit said. “I think they’ll end up beating Oklahoma State. If they beat Oklahoma State, everyone will be talking about them going forward.”

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