The TCU Horned Frogs will join the Big XII conference this season and look to be a competitor in the first year. The Horned Frogs have had success at every level they competed in. From the WAC to Conference USA to the Mountain West and now to the Big XII. Gary Patterson has been with TCU every step of the way, and he looks to continue those winning ways against the “Big Boys” of major College football. If there is any coach who can make that difference, it will be Gary Patterson.
Casey Pachall returns for his second season as the starter and after last year, he has already put up better numbers than Andy Dalton did his senior season. While the competition will get tougher, expect for Pachall’s leadership and ability to be able to help carry the Frogs to victory in some tight games. Meanwhile the running backs will probably be by committee because there are three quality backs who look for time to get carries.
TCU will need to rely on strong defensive games during the conference season because the Big XII will throw a steady mixture of pass heavy offenses, so the defense will need to rely on the experience of the secondary and linebackers to keep them in tight games on the road. The Big XII will be a true test for the Horned Frogs both on the offense and defensive side of the ball. How they handle themselves in tough road situations could be the difference of a chance to win the Conference or stuck near the basement.
TCU recently just completed an upgrade to Amon G. Carter and just in time with the move to the new conference. The Frogs will need to fill the stadium and make it a true home field advantage when teams like Oklahoma come rolling into Fort Worth. TCU has been able to crawl from the basement of the NCAA to the penthouse and are a worthy team of the upgrade in conference. TCU may not be able to win a conference title this season, but don’t expect TCU to just lay down when it comes to playing the “Big dogs” of the Big XII. This team could ruin someone’s national championship or Big XII championship aspirations.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook