Taking it as a personal challenge to shake off the inconsistency of last season, Big V and the rest of the offensive line could be on the way to making themselves the most improved part of the Horned Frogs in 2014.
Gary Patterson wasn't joking this week when he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that TCU's offense hasn't installed anything new in four weeks. No need. The offense's successful launch made it easy to devote the first week of September to preparing for anything Minnesota might try Saturday.
The two coaches are good friends, even though the fellow Kansas natives have never been on the same staff together. When Kill left Pittsburg State (Kansas) after the 1987 season, it was Patterson who filled the vacancy on coach Dennis Franchione's staff.
Losses to Oregon (Michigan State) and Virginia Tech (Ohio State) damaged the conference's elite status in the College Football Playoff hunt.
Cameron Botticelli was killing time, playing video games in the Gophers locker room recently, when the thought came to him.
Two fringe contenders from Power 5 conferences will square off Saturday afternoon, when TCU hosts Minnesota in Fort Worth.
The TCU women's soccer team stretched its winning streak to three matches with a 1-0 win at Texas State Friday night. Michelle Prokof's third straight game-winning goal helped Vittoria Arnold notch her third consecutive shutout.
Despite dropping the first set, the TCU volleyball team bounced back to notch a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24) victory over Notre Dame on Friday night in the opening match of the Shamrock Invitational at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.