It was a sour note to end a disappointing season, as the sweep of the Frogs slammed the door on their last-gasp at-large bid dreams. TCU has one last shot in the Big 12 Championship, but it’s not looking good as injuries continue to pile up.
The good news? Pierce’s surprisingly early success in Austin cools the jets on the Schloss rumors, for now.
”Our team went out and won a championship,” coach David Pierce said. “We weren’t handed anything. And I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys that just fought together and just have grinded together. They deserve this, they deserve this championship, and they went and took it.”
It took a sweep of a surging TCU team, coupled with Oklahoma State (29-22-1, 16-8) imploding in a home series against Texas Tech, for Texas to finally climb back atop a conference it once routinely dominated. Just to get in this position required a long-awaited Nolan Kingham revival in Game 1, a walkoff home run from Clemens in Game 2, and at least a dozen highlight reel defensive plays dispersed across two games.
The Frogs are casting the net far and wide with their most recent group of offers, but it’s the one close to home that might be the most important.
Carter was the most recent offer for the Frogs as they extended an offer to the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder on Friday following his school’s spring game. Carter holds 14 offers and TCU could be the team to watch out for with his relationship with Frogs’ defensive tackles coach Zarnell Fitch. The Legacy product is rated as the No. 49 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation and No. 96 overall player in Texas according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, now... although New Orleans for New Year’s Eve sounds pretty good to me.
The 2018 college football schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, culminating with the College Football Playoff Championship on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. This year’s semifinals will be played on Dec. 29 at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl.
So, who makes the 2018 College Football Playoff? The safest bet involves some combination of Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Clemson, Oklahoma or Washington: a group of teams that includes all four Playoff teams from last season. They’ll most likely decide the fifth national championship in the College Football Playoff era.
How will Fish assimilate back to the team? The infusion of talent has to be a good thing for a TCU team that will have even higher expectations in 2018-2019.
The Horned Frogs were 12-4 with Fisher in the lineup and just 9-8 after he went down with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Another thing to keep mind? Two of TCU’s losses with Fisher in the lineup came in overtime and the other two were by a combined five points. This is an All-Big 12 first-team-caliber player, who should form one of the better backcourts in the country next season alongside sturdy veteran Alex Robinson. Fisher averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 assists in 16 games last season while shooting an impressive 50.3 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from three-point range.