All of the comments frog fans have had to endure about "you guys don't deserve a national title shot, your schedule is weak!" over the past few years is about to fall by the wayside in a big way as the Frogs schedule will move away from a marquee date with Utah/BYU/Boise schedule to a marquee date of Texas/Oklahoma/West Virginia/Oklahoma State schedule- That's going from "in the BCS every few years" opponents to "in the BCS title game every few years" sort of opponents. If TCU goes 10-2 without winning the conference they'll be in at large discussions, if they win the conference they're in with at least a Fiesta Bowl big and if they go undefeated they're in the title game period, unless the SEC puts out an undefeated team and either Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame or USC go undefeated. That's the cache of the Big 12, and though some pundits question if we'll have sustained success in our new conference there can be no questioning that if we do have success, big things will be ahead for us. Which leaves the froggy faithful with a question going forward- with nine conference games and a long term contract still ahead of us with SMU, is it worth it for the Frogs to continue to schedule a big name out of conference opponent? We'll look at TCU's future schedules, analyze the options and some of the pros and cons for each situation after the jump.
Option 1: Continue scheduling like a BCS buster- Since 2003, TCU has been consistently knocking on the door of the BCS, and as a result the frogs have been seeking out big marquee wins in non-conference play to bolster weak CUSA and Mountain West schedules. Also since 2000 TCU has played at least 1 BCS conference foe out of conference a season, and has usually played two.
TCU's non conference games since 2003 (BCS conference teams in bold)
- 2003: Navy, Vanderbilt, Arizona, SMU
- 2004: Northwestern, SMU, Texas Tech
- 2005: Oklahoma, SMU, Army
- 2006: Baylor, California-Davis, Texas Tech, Army
- 2007: Baylor, Texas, SMU, Stanford
- 2008: Stephen F. Austin, Stanford, SMU, Oklahoma
- 2009: Virginia, Texas State, Clemson, SMU
- 2010: Oregon State, Tennessee Tech, Baylor, SMU
- 2011: Baylor, Louisiana Monroe, Portland State, SMU, BYU