TCU’s offense exploded under new management and offensive coordinator Garrett Riley is a name to watch in the coaching carousel, according 247Sports analyst Clint Brewster. The 33-year-old is the brother of the USC head coach lincoln riley and is in his first year as the Horned Frogs’ offensive coordinator. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU from 2020 to 2021.
Riley coached running backs at Appalachia State in 2019. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the Kansas team under then-head coach David Beatty. Riley broke into college football after a brief high school stint with East Carolina from 2013 to 2015.
TCU is 6-0 going into its game against Kansas State under freshman head coach Sonny Dykes. This is the Frogs’ fourth consecutive ranked opponent.
“It’s a chore; four ranked teams, then a trip to West Virginia. That’s life in the Big 12,” Dykes said, via HornedFrogBlitz. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in our league. You look at Oklahoma State and Texas, they’re both one-loss conference teams and one of them is going to have two losses on Saturday. People start hitting each other and what you want to do is try to run your own business and find a way to win a game and try to stay alive as far as the conference standings go. But yeah, it’s pretty unique to play four ranked teams in a row.
While coaching at Louisiana Tech in 2011, the Bulldogs started the season 1-4. Facing a losing season and with tough games remaining on the schedule, Dykes led the Bulldogs to seven straight wins, including five wins on the road. The Bulldogs finished 8-5 that season.
“Actually, yeah, a bit on a different scale,” Dykes said when asked if he was facing such a tough schedule. “When I was at La Tech we had seven games left in the season and we were 1-3 if I’m not mistaken and I think we had five of seven games on the road. They were against Nevada, Fresno, Utah State, San Jose and Ole Miss were the road games. I remember telling Kate (Dykes) that I don’t know how many of these games we’ll win, if any. We won every one of them. We won all five away games and won the last seven games of the regular season. It was a fun race to do and it was similar to that. Again, there aren’t as many ranked teams, but the teams at that point were going to be really tough for us at the time.
Jeremy Clark of HornedFrogBlitz contributed to this report.