SMU is on the rise under Chad Morris, while Baylor is likely looking at a few down years after their legal issues over the past year plus. But neither team is likely to pose too much of a threat this coming season. I would argue that the Frogs have no better rival than Texas Tech currently, one that is vitriolic across all three major sports.
Including Boise State and BYU, two teams TCU could very well never play again, and didn’t play all that often, is... questionable.
“The West Texas Championship.” Those were the good old days. Too bad I don’t remember them.
TCU and Texas Tech played for the Saddle Trophy in the 60s and it was lots of fun. Between 1961 and 1970, both teams split the series at 5-5 in some memorable slobberknockers.
The series was dormant for a period after the Southwest Conference dissolved, but the new Big 12 version has been fun to watch with a 3-2 split in favor of the tortilla slingers. In TCU’s two wins against Texas Tech since joining the Big 12, the Horned Frogs posted a combined 137 points on Lubbock’s finest. Hot doggie.
Around the Big 12:
Is the conference... stable? Maybe. For now.
This article is worth the read to hear Houston’s board chair sound like a teenage girl as he complains about his time being wasted. He’s not wrong, but it’s still funny.
Houston board chair Tilman Fertitta said he saw the writing on the wall when none of the Big 12 presidents attended Houston's interview with Bowlsby.
"What they did was extremely unprofessional," Fertitta said. "You're going to waste my time like that?
"I would've loved for Houston to be in the Big 12. I would've been very proud. But you just knew they never had any intention. ... I don't like people who waste people's time."
Oh, just get over it already, you two.
While it’s no secret that Dodds had no intentions to schedule TAMU anytime soon, Byrne claiming that the Longhorns’ AD worked with Big 12 teams to avoid scheduling Texas A&M is quite interesting, if true. Some Texas A&M’s out-of-conference games since joining the SEC included Louisiana Tech, SMU, Arizona State, and UCLA.
“They left,” Dodds said in 2013, via the Dallas Morning News. “They’re the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that’s fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don’t want to. It’s overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there’s got to be a period where things get different. I think there’s too many hard feelings.”
WHY DOES OSU THINK THEY ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN US?!?!?!?! We have as many Big 12 titles as the Cowboys do, and it took us five years vs their 20. TCU needed the Big 12, and the Big 12 needed TCU. Otherwise, Okie State is probably floundering in the AAC right about now.
TCU, like Neville, was a late bloomer. No one really thought much of them and they were a bit nerdy. But then, they started to get better and earn respect. They started winning some big games and got close to winning the conference outright. They always tend to do well when you least expect them to. Much like Neville and what he does at the end of the series. (I don’t want to spoil it.) TCU always wants to tag along with the bigger schools in the Big 12, like Neville wanted to with Harry, Hermione and Ron and, begrudgingly, they let him. Like the Big 12 let TCU in, even though it didn't bring anything new to the conference.