Three things to know…
1. Boykin struggled last year
While the game wasn’t close (thanks to TCU’s defense), Minnesota’s defense gave Trevone Boykin some trouble.
Boykin was just 5-17 (29.4 percent) on passes 10 or more yards down the field—his worst completion percentage of the season.
While Boykin targeted four different receivers seven times apiece, Josh Doctson led the way with six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Boykin was just two of seven when targeting Kolby Listenbee.
2. Gophers secondary is tough
Minnesota’s defense contested nine passes, and only allowed two receptions on those nine targets.
Doctson hauled in both of his contested targets, but the rest of TCU’s receivers were 0-7 on contested targets.
The Golden Gophers start four seniors in their secondary, so this could be an area of concern for TCU on Thursday.
3. Are the receivers healthy?
Doctson was the target of 25 percent of Boykin’s passes vs Power 5 opponents last season but has been battling injuries this offseason. If he’s less than 100 percent, Minnesota’s secondary could keep him in check.
Deante’ Gray has been listed as doubtful in the most recent update from Gary Patterson. He was the target of just 42 passes from Boykin last season, but was Boykin’s second-most targeted receiver in the red zone, behind Doctson.
Prediction: TCU 31, Minnesota 13
If Minnesota couldn’t get their offense rolling with David Cobb and Maxx Williams, then they certainly shouldn’t expect to put many points on the board against TCU this season. But we have enough faith in Minnesota’s defense to believe this one will be reasonably close.
The Golden Gophers held TCU to their lowest point total a season ago, and they could very well repeat that performance this season.