TCU is finally in the big time conference. After being a “BCS Buster” for much of the last decade, the Horned Frogs are now in the Big 12 Conference. And the Horned Frogs now know if they can win the conference, there is no doubt about their BCS bowl status. If they win, they are in.
Quarterback Casey Pachall, who stepped in for NFL starting QB Andy Dalton and did just fine thank you, is back for TCU. Also back are running backs Ed Wesley, Matthew Tucker and Wayman James who combined for over 2100 yards are also back.
The offensive line will have some new faces and will be a question mark. The secondary will also be a question mark having allowed over 200 yards per game last year.
TCU has had a tumultuous off-season with three players being kicked off the team for being drug traffickers. Tanner Brock was one of those players and he was one of their best defensive players last year.
The schedule starts off rather easily for the Horned Frogs which works out well for them. They can get the off-season problems behind them and rally the troops with some easy wins before Big 12 play starts.
The first two games are against Grambling and Kansas. I know, Kansas is a Big 12 team. But KU is a Big 12 team in name only. Virginia comes in to Ft. Worth following the KU game. The Cavs were much better last year than they’ve been in recent years.
The rivalry game at SMU follows and then they really get into the Big 12 part of the schedule after that. Iowa State, at Baylor, Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State all follow the SMU game. After a bye week the Horned Frogs then end the regular season at Texas and at home against Oklahoma.
If the Frogs can stay in the race up until the bye week, how great will life in Ft. Worth be going into those last two games?
Intertops has TCU’s odds to win the Big 12 at 6.00. They are behind only Oklahoma and Texas and are ahead of West Virginia and Oklahoma State. So the oddsmakers really like TCU’s chances to impress in their first year in the Big 12.