Mac Engel

Quarterback Boykin gives TCU real shot at perfect season

This photo of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin’s pregame meeting with Iowa State fan Abby Faber has become a media sensation.
This photo of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin’s pregame meeting with Iowa State fan Abby Faber has become a media sensation. Star-Telegram

The pessimists insist that God does not care about football, but we will see about that over these next six weeks.

God willing, on Nov. 27 Fort Worth will be the center of the college football universe when the Baptists face off against the Disciples of Christ the day after Thanksgiving.

We are at the halfway point of the Big 12 season, and with every passing win, Baylor at TCU on Nov. 27 at Amon G. Carter Stadium maintains its local, regional and national importance.

On behalf of the countless souls who call themselves Baptists and Disciples of Christ church members, good Lord, please don’t let Oklahoma screw this up for us.

There are but two teams that stand in the way of the Baylor at TCU game retaining its global implications — the Oklahoma Stoopers, and T. Boone State.

Be afraid. Both OU and OSU are off the grid in terms of playoff chatter, yet each team is just good enough to botch the Black Friday fun for the rest of us.

The oddsmakers like Baylor to win the Big 12, but there is one reason to bet on the Frogs — the BoyKing. With all due respect to Seth Russell in Waco, TCU’s Trevone Boykin is not a boy, but he is The King. TCU has the much more difficult path to make the game carry the weight of a playoff berth on the outcome, but its QB is good enough to pull it off.

Boykin is playing like a Heisman Trophy finalist; he should at least be in New York City when the award is given to LSU running back Leonard Fournette. By now it is both disrespectful and stupid to say that Boykin is a running back playing quarterback, or a wide receiver playing quarterback. This is an outstanding college quarterback doing only what outstanding college quarterbacks can do.

And not because he did it intentionally, but he currently is leading all Heisman candidates in the category of good PR. Before TCU’s game at Iowa State on Saturday, Star-Telegram photographer Paul Moseley caught Boykin in the type of enchanting photograph that could win over even the most passionate Baylor fan.

Before the coin toss at midfield, Boykin walked over to introduce himself to a young ISU fan sitting in a wheelchair. He simply asked, “What’s your name?” The little girl is Abby Faber, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which causes stiffness in lower parts of her body.

The picture has gone viral, and is just one of the growing number of wonderful moments Boykin has supplied to his school, to his conference, and to his sport.

He has been a starting TCU player for four years, and he has been at the school for five. Gary Patterson can coach another 15 years and he has a much better chance of having another Andy Dalton than a Trevone Boykin.

GP was not kidding when he said last season, a few days before TCU’s game against Oklahoma, “All I know is, I would not want to try to defend him.”

Boykin is not afraid of the moment. He knows what to do and when to do it. Those are rare traits in the college game.

It does help Boykin that he has a receiver who cannot be covered — Josh Doctson. Boykin is just one of the special college players who cannot be defended. Defenses just have to hope he misses a throw or slips. He is too good and too smart.

All he has to do now is be perfect in Stillwater and in Norman. If you had to pick one player to pull this off, Boykin is the guy who can do it.

The second season starts Saturday, Nov. 7, when TCU plays in the House that T. Boone Built. This is not the same team that TCU whacked by 33 points last season, which began the Cowboys’ season-killing five-game losing streak. This is not the same OSU team that two years ago popped Baylor in Stillwater to kill the Bears’ chances of winning a national title.

The Cowboys are somewhere in the middle, but still a threat.

Two weeks later, TCU plays at Oklahoma. As to which Sooners team bothers to show up, who knows?

The team that blew out Kansas State 55-0 in Manhattan on Saturday can beat TCU or Baylor. The team that was bullied and played scared in the loss to Texas may not leave Waco alive when it plays the Bears on Nov. 14.

“We had an excellent week this past week,” OU coach Bob Stoops said on the Big 12 coaches conference call Monday. “The week before was inconsistent. You saw that.”

Inconsistent is apparently the new word for bad.

In spite of a defense that has been hit hard by injury, and a penchant for barely winning, TCU will be favored to beat both Oklahoma and the T. Boone’s.

If, Lord willing, TCU and Baylor are both perfect for their game, the Frogs will be favored for one reason.

Go with the quarterback. Go with the BoyKing.

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