Schlossnagle preached patience early, as he waited on his young team to hit their stride. It took a while, but the Frogs are certainly playing their best baseball at the right time.
"We went through a lot of adversity at the beginning of the year," third baseman Elliott Barzilli said. "New team, younger faces. But younger guys have come through — Luken Baker, Josh Watson, Durbin Feltman, the list can go on and on from everyone in the starting lineup to the bench to the bullpen."
It's familiar territory for TCU, who have made Nebraska a sort of second home the past three years. But, while Jim Schlossnagle and his team enjoy the experience, they are anything but "just happy to be there".
"I came home and it made me sick to my stomach to watch it, because you just don't know when the next time you're going to get to go," Schlossnagle said. "We're going there to win."
It's been about so much more than baseball for this TCU team all season long, and truly for the past several years. Micah Ahern has been at the center of that, and as their youngest teammate cheers them on from home, he is never far from their hearts.
"He truly is a teammate, he's got a locker," TCU said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "We think about him, we talk about him, he's in our daily conversations. He's a part of us."
It has been so inspiring to not only follow Micah's battle, but also to see the true love these players have for the young boy who has become such a part of their lives. It's obvious that they played with a little extra the last two weekends, wanting to give Micah a little more to cheer for.
"I know we’re all really excited, and we’re all thinking of him," catcher Evan Skoug added at the time. "He's got more games to watch of us, and we’ve got more chances to make him smile. Whatever we can do to bring him joy is just a blessing."
I normally think these things are kind of cheesy... unless they pick TCU, that is.
Marvin rules, guys.
First dog picks Oklahoma State over TCU.
Second dog picks TCU over Oklahoma State, setting up the winner-take-all finale.
Marvin picks the Frogs in the finale, giving TCU the CWS title.
The reviews are mixed as far as expectations for the 2016 version of TCU Football, especially on offense. But if there's one thing we know about TCU, it's that they thrive as underdogs. And that Gary Patterson will have his team ready to play.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Horned Frogs are projected to win 7.3 games. That would be a large drop-off from the previous two seasons, in which they won 12 and 11 games.
The FPI also has TCU at No. 30 in the country, which is sixth in the Big 12 and three spots behind Arkansas (No. 27).
Las Vegas has a little more faith in TCU. The Golden Nugget casino put the Horned Frogs’ win total at 8.5 when it released several college football over/under totals last month.