The first Texas power poll has the Frogs on top.
A dominant and convincing win in the Peach Bowl, coupled with Baylor’s loss to Michigan State, cemented TCU as the top team in the state a year ago. While a New Year’s Six bowl victory is nice to look at on the proverbial mantle, the No. 2-ranked Horned Frogs have bigger goals this year. The offense returns nearly everyone and is lead by Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin, but Gary Patterson will have to work through some holes on the defense to get the Frogs where they want to be.
I've never heard about this, but hey, it's probably not the only job Patterson considered, then turned down.
No. 1 has to do with Gary Patterson, who interviewed for the Gophers job after going 11-2 in the Mountain West Conference in 2006 with the Horned Frogs but then didn’t want to be considered for the position to replace Glen Mason. However, at some point in January 2007 with the position still unfilled, Patterson changed his mind and contacted university officials, and I am told he would have taken the job had it been offered. But the Gophers had already either offered Tim Brewster the job, or had somebody else in mind. It was another six years before TCU became a high-major conference program by joining the Big 12 in 2012.
They finished 12th in the league in passing defense last season, and return most of the unit.
The defensive backs will get a stiff test Thursday night in Minnesota’s season opener when they face TCU senior quarterback Trevone Boykin, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, who threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in their 30-7 victory last season against the Gophers. They also will go against senior wide receiver Josh Doctson, who caught six passes for 64 yards and both those touchdowns last year.
Both have big challenges ahead in spots that are typically considered their coaching strengths.
For TCU’s Gary Patterson, the test is building a top defense again despite major graduation losses. And for Baylor’s Art Briles, it means developing yet another quarterback who will throw for at least 3,500 yards while directing a top-five offense.
The speedster is looking to have a big year.
Maye emerged as more of a playmaker for the Gophers last season, with 16 receptions for 298 yards, along with 10 rushes for 144 yards. He scored two touchdowns.
This is my nightmare scenario right here:
There's a plausible scenario in which TCU, Baylor and either Oklahoma State or Oklahoma are all undefeated in conference heading into November, then finish in a three-way tie at 8-1 atop the standings. You can read the league's new tie-breaking procedures here (though wouldn't it be just the Big 12's luck to have to go all soccer and resolve such a tie through scoring differential).
After a slow start, the Frogs are now 1-3 on the season.
"Today was a true team effort. We showed our depth, which was important on a hot day," TCU coach Eric Bell said. "We were able to come through with a couple goals and get the win."
Pretty cool feat. Sidenote: Poor L.A. Dodgers, said no one ever.
Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.