In 2012 the Horned Frogs pulled off a great win, which helped us all work through a rough first season in the Big 12. That win was a 20-13 victory over the No. 18 Texas Longhorns. Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns, and the TCU Horned Frogs defense forced four Texas turnovers, the last one a Sam Carter interception, that sealed the deal.
Last season Texas came to Fort Worth and seriously thumped the Frogs 30-7, in a rain-delayed game that I was at, but don't really remember due to being freezing cold, wet, and exhausted.
This year, TCU is trending up, while Texas is looking to a new head coach to turn their program around. Charlie Strong caught quite a bit of flack in the first half of the season as the Longhorns started slow, opening with a 2-4 record. However, they've won four of their last five, and are looking to get to 7-5 on the season. A win doesn't do much for Texas besides that, as they're locked into the No. 5 spot in the conference.
A win has huge implications for the Frogs, who are looking to finish the season 11-1 and split the Big 12 Championship, at the very least. A big enough win could open the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee a little wider, and help TCU move back into the top 4.
So get your fill of Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie and get your rowdiest TCU attitude going for this one, because everything is on the line.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports 1
Radio: Frog Vision
Online streaming: FOX Sports GO
Rankings and records: TCU is 9-1 and ranked No. 5 by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Texas is 6-5 and unranked.
Weather forecast: Sunny with a high of 63 and a low of 42. Game-time temperature should be in the mid-to-low-50s.
Two things at stake
Can TCU win their last two games and earn (at least) a share of the Big 12 Championship? Will a big enough win get them back into the top 4?
Texas is looking for redemption for 2012, and is trying to give first-year head coach Charlie Strong an above .500 record.
One big matchup
TCU offense vs. Texas defense: Texas has the best scoring defense in the Big 12, allowing just 21 points per contest, and under 200 passing yards per game. They've actually had more interceptions (14) than touchdowns allowed (9) in conference play this season. However, TCU's running game could be the difference. The Frogs' average 218 yards per game on the ground and has scored 28 rushing touchdowns this season, while Texas allows over 164.5 yards per game and has allowed 14 rushing touchdowns this season.