This is one of the best and most powerful things I have read all year. It’s well worth your time.
I was hooked. I arranged my Saturdays around football and developed opinions on the read option. I roasted opponents and made friends on Twitter. My then boyfriend marveled that my appetite for football had grown larger than his. (“Come on, it’s time for Dateline.”) After we were engaged early in 2014, I informed him we’d be getting married on New Year’s Day—it was symbolic of a new start, sure, but it also meant I knew exactly what we’d be doing for our anniversary every year. Sure enough, we spent the downhill side of our honeymoon night watching the Buckeyes beat the Tide in the Sugar Bowl. The years since have been just as romantic; all-day football for the two of us, with nachos and wings and a tub of popcorn we only occasionally share with the cats.
If the Frogs can get 2-3 of their remaining targets, this class goes from great to OH MY GOD.
Four-star WR Jamarr Chase of Metarie, La. A Florida decommit and a Top-100 player. Ranked 74th in the country, 15th at his position, fourth in Louisiana. This is shaping up to be TCU vs. LSU. The Frogs restocked at receiver on Wednesday, but this is one of those athletes you save room for.
Four-star WR Jaylen Waddle of Bellaire. Uncommitted, but the Frogs are fighting uphill here. Alabama has its sights set on the 5-foot-9 receiver/returner. But Florida State was also recruiting him hard, and now that Jimbo Fisher is in College Station, the Aggies are in the mix. He’s a Top-50 player.
Five-star WR Terrace Marshall of Bossier City. Uncommitted and maybe the biggest prize out there. Rated 11th in the country and the second-best player left on the board after Wednesday. This is Justin Rogers’ receiver, and Rogers has kept TCU-whispering his teammate. The Frogs didn’t make Marshall’s cut list, but he has acknowledged that he continues to listen to the voices in Fort Worth, who were his first offer 23 months ago.
Four-star DT Keondre Coburn of Houston. Committed to Texas since August but TCU got an official visit out of him last weekend, and he did not sign Wednesday. He tweeted on Tuesday that he is still committed, “just not a 100%.” Rated eighth-best at his position nationally and at 329 pounds, fits the size the Frogs have begun adding, and benefitting from, at defensive tackle.
It’s starting to feel for real with this team... but we will know a lot more after the preseason concludes and Big 12 play begins.
Dixon’s squad remains the third highest ranked team in the Big 12, trailing No. 10 West Virginia (10-1) and No. 14 Kansas (9-2). In Lunardi’s bracket, those teams received a two-seed and four-seed respectively.
Counting No. 17 Oklahoma (9-1), No. 18 Baylor (10-2) and No. 21 Texas Tech (10-1), the Big 12 currently has six teams ranked in the top-25. That’s the highest number of ranked teams in any conference.
In Lunardi’s latest bracket prediction, All six of those teams, as well as Texas will make the NCAA tournament field.
TCU will host William & Mary at home on Dec. 22, before embarking on an incredibly difficult start to conference play.
This is great... guys like Bane and Williams, who no one wanted, are announcing themselves - and TCU - as legit contenders.
"I knew we were going to be good, but ..." Dixon said before acknowledging that, sure, it might still be a little too early to know exactly how good considering the Horned Frogs haven't played a currently ranked opponent. But TCU has played (and beaten) the SMU team that beat Arizona and the Nevada team that beat Rhode Island. And that's two top-35 KenPom wins. So it's not like the Horned Frogs have accomplished nothing. And in a season when good teams are losing to bad teams regularly, simply avoiding bad losses, like TCU has to this point, is a resume-builder in and of itself. But, all that said, if the question is whether TCU has that one big headline-grabbing victory that forces everybody to pay attention, the answer is, Dixon admitted, no -- though it's only fair to note the answer is no entirely because TCU hasn't yet had a chance to record a win of that magnitude.