Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the TCU season, and what you need to know.
Preview 2018: TCU Horned Frogs
Yeah, really. Over the last four seasons, TCU has been the second-best team in the Big 12, and it’s not even that close.
In the College Football Playoff era – which is all that matters now – yup, the smallish school from the old Southwest Conference, and then the WAC, and then Conference USA, and then the Mountain West, that went 4-8 in 2013 has grown into one of the powerhouses of a Power Five conference.
The Horned Frogs got to the reboot of the new Big 12 Championship game last year, have won three of their last four bowl games, should’ve been given a bit more love and respect in the final 2014 College Football Playoff rankings – going 11-1, dropping from third in the next-to-last rankings to sixth, despite a 42-3 win over Iowa State – and won a total of 40 games with three 11-win seasons in the last four.
Over that span, Oklahoma State has won 37 games, Kansas State and West Virginia 32, and Texas just 23.
And even Oklahoma – who has recently owned the conference – only has two more wins than the Horned Frogs over the last four years.
Want to go even deeper? Those 40 wins over the last four seasons equals Florida State, are four more than Penn State, two more than USC, and just one less than Georgia.
And yet, for all that head coach Gary Patterson has done, and for all of his success, and for proving time and again that he, as well as any head coach in college football, will figure it all out, TCU doesn’t get the automatic respect it’s earned and deserves.
What, seven 11-or-more win seasons in the last ten isn’t enough for you, America?
The program joins Wisconsin, Penn State, and USC in the discussion of ones who have done the most without making the College Football Playoff, but this year’s team will need to do a little work just to get back to the Big 12 Championship.
It’s a down year for the conference overall, but the Horned Frogs still have to break in a new starting quarterback, come up with some key new starters at receiver and running back, and have to replace three of their top four defensive tacklers along with some other terrific stars.
But plenty of ballers return – led by LB Ty Summers on the defensive side – and again, Patterson almost always knows how to quickly fix the glitches with a system that finds great athletes and football players, and then gets them into the right spots.
Will it be enough to finally break down that Oklahoma door, win the Big 12 title, and get to the CFP?
TCU will keep on knocking.