Three TCU players to watch against Michigan in the College Football Playoff

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It’s been almost a month since we’ve seen the Michigan Wolverines take the field and win the Big Ten Championship. After a long time, it’s time to focus our attention on the College Football Playoff and Michigan’s matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs.

TCU went 12-1 with the only loss coming in overtime of the Big 12 Championship to Kansas State. TCU is viewed by many as the weakest of the four College Football Playoff teams because of this loss and several difficult situations throughout the season. However, that doesn’t mean Horned Frogs are talentless. In fact, some of the best players in college football reside on their offense.

Let’s take a look at three guys who could make the difference for TCU.

QB Max Duggan

Duggan’s meteoric rise this season is the main reason this TCU team has made it this far. He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 3,321 yards, 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also scored another 555 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Duggan has been one of the most influential players in college football this season. You can never count the Horned Frogs because he just wants them back in the games. He led TCU to three wins in the fourth quarter or later this season. His performance in the grips of the Big 12 Championship almost sent TCU to victory as well. On the tying drive with less than two minutes to go, he ran for 95 yards on the four-minute offense. Despite penalties, a crucial fourth down and more, Duggan put the team on their backs and finished it off with a rushing touchdown:

It was one of the most impressive displays of courage I’ve ever seen at halfback. While the Horned Frogs would lose in overtime, it shows their burning desire to win.

Wolverines need to be aware of this. If they get a lead, they certainly can’t just get comfortable and start lazily playing this team and this quarterback. As with the Big 12 Championship, Duggan will give it his all.

WR Quentin Johnston

One of the few things that defeated Michigan’s defense this season was 50/50 balls to physical wide receivers. From now on, the Wolverines will see a lot of that, and it starts with Quentin Johnston this weekend.

Johnston is 1.80 m tall, 100 kilos and is a nightmare for opposing defenses. He is averaging 17 yards per reception and has had 53 receptions for 903 yards this season. His plan is to go up and down the turns to make some big moves:

Sadly, some of these plays look eerily similar to the times Michigan’s defense has been beaten soundly this season. For the most part, it’s been great coverage for the Wolverines, but guys like Johnston, who can make those contested catches, have been pretty troublesome.

The TCU standout is projected to be top at his position in the NFL Draft this spring and shows legit speed with his big body. Hopefully Michigan’s rookie cornerback Will Johnson will be in coverage after a strong performance against Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. He did a great job against arguably the best fullback in the country, so he’ll likely have to do the same thing against TCU if Michigan hopes to win.

RB Kendre Miller

Heisman-caliber quarterback, check it out. Elite receiver, check. But a top-tier running back too?

Kendre Miller has been somewhat overshadowed by Duggan and Johnston this season. On a different show, I think he would be getting as much hype as Blake Corum. Seriously.

Miller has scored in every game this season for 17 total touchdowns. In seven of those games, Miller has rushed for over 100 yards; he finished the season with 1,342 yards, good enough for 18th in college football.

What’s crazy is how few carries Miller has made — 216 ​​for the entire 2022 campaign, which equates to about 6.2 yards per carry. This is also in the top 20 in college football.

I think this game starts with Michigan slowing down. The #1 defense in college football will have a very tough test against this TCU team. They’ll have to take care of business and prove they deserve that status against one of the best running backs in college football.