The Frogs are 3-2, and it’s way too early to talk about bowls (unless they’re from Chipotle). But ESPN is doing their projections, and right now they have TCU paired with Texas A&M in the Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl.
And beyond the movement for the heavyweights of the Big 12, could TCU and Texas A&M renew a former Southwest Conference rivalry with a first meeting since 2001 this December? It’s not out of the equation.
Patterson will go to any length in order to be prepared for a game.
Patterson and the TCU coaching staff has watched film of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are off to a fast start behind former Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Patterson has seen similarities between the Chiefs and Red Raiders in terms of how they utilize run/pass options (RPOs) on offense.
“[Texas Tech] has run some plays that the Chiefs have run, so we’ve prepared for about everything we possibly thought we could see,” Patterson said. “The way [Texas Tech] is doing the RPOs and all the different offensive things they’re doing in Kansas City then it’s … I like my job, so you do whatever you have to do.”
The Frogs travel a ton in non-conference, and they do it to play some big time opponents. Schloss, for one, is excited about the challenge.
“We are super excited about our 2019 schedule,” coach Jim Schlossnagle said in a statement. “The awesome experiences our players, staff and fans will get to be a part of -- playing in two major league ballparks and one of the best spring training facilities in all of professional baseball as well.
“Add those games to what will certainly be an incredible season of baseball in the Big 12 and our team will be challenged at the highest level.”
This is a really solid preview from Rob Dauster. The turnaround TCU has made under Dixon has been remarkable, but it’s significance can still be lost on people.
To get an idea of the significance of what’s happening with this team right now, think about this: Since 1968, TCU has been to the NCAA tournament just four times (1971, 1987, 1998 and 2018). The last time that they reached the dance in back-to-back seasons was in 1952 and 1953. I, frankly, never thought I would see a time where TCU was the best team and, arguably, the healthiest basketball program in the state of Texas, but that’s where we are right now.