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TCU News: TCU Underrated? Baylor ‘best backdrop’ in the Big 12?

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Football:

Overhyped? Worth the hype? Here's Matt Mosley's take on a few Big 12 football teams | Sports Day

Moseley claims that “there’s not a better backdrop in the country for pregame festivities” than Baylor. I beg to differ, Matt. In fact... I can name about 40 better backdrops than that dirty river. But, his quotes about Meach are pretty funny.

I don't think it tips the scales in that game. TCU will remain superior to Kansas, although the Frogs have struggled in Lawrence at times. I thought Doug was a great coach for TCU. However, he wasn't the greatest fit with Gary Patterson. He's sort of a surfer dude who likes to sport those wayfarers. Gary and Sonny probably clicked a lot better. If Meachem had been able to help Kenny Hill break through, he'd still be on staff. We'll see what Sonny and this other guru can do now.

TCU football unranked in first coaches’ poll released Thursday | The Star-Telegram

Though they found themselves in several Top 25s released this week, the Frogs were left out of the coach’s poll. In other news, who cares.

Could TCU football be underrated again?

The Horned Frogs did not crack the first Amway Coaches Poll (formerly USA Today) released Thursday, coming in as the 28th team in the “others receiving votes” category.

With a more experienced defense and Kenny Hill determined to have a more consistent season at quarterback, TCU might be primed again to surprise some teams ... and the so-called experts.

2017 Big 12 Football Preview | CBS Local

TCU a contender in the Big 12, along with the Sooners and Cowboys? At least one person thinks so.

This year, he’s got a more veteran group back as a pair of All-Big 12 LBs and the entire secondary returns. They do lose three guys along the offensive line including leading sack master DE Josh Carraway. But, Patterson has recruited well, with seven three-star or better guys along the defensive line from previous years along with three-star true freshman DE Ochaun Mathis. The numbers should improve this year.

The Horned Frogs have to play OK State, Kansas State, and Oklahoma on the road, which makes for a tough path to winning the conference. It can be done, but they’ll have to pull off some big wins on the road. Regardless, I have them beating the Vegas number. Over 7.5 wins.

3-star APB Slade Bolden commits to Alabama over TCU | Gridiron Now

Bolden chooses the Bama machine over the Frogs, who were one of the first to offer the all-purpose back. Be interesting to see if he stays true to the Tide as they add to their relatively small commitment list of eight over the next several months.

Bolden’s list of offers, which is over 20 overall, also includes Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington.

Alabama managed to receive Bolden’s commitment despite only officially offering him on July 16 – months after other programs – while attending a camp at the school. It was his first time on campus at Alabama.

TCU, comparatively, offered in January.

Track:

Emmanuel Ogwo to transfer to TCU | Black Hearts, Gold Pants

Though it doesn’t appear Ogwo will play football for the Frogs, he’s a big time pick-up for a very good TCU Track Program.

Ogwo, of course, didn’t start out on the track. He was a football player first, watched a couple of his teammates and friends pass him on the depth chart and got perhaps a little frustrated. He was welcomed aboard the Iowa track team and things went really well last year.

There’s little doubt Ogwo will continue to get better. He’s solid in the individual 400 and we very well might see him next season at an event. There probably will be a couple times next year where he’ll compete against some of his old teammates.