Yeah, this is going to be a big one - for both programs. But will it go over shadowed by Texasisback against USC?
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15 (7 p.m., ESPN)
Originally a home-and-home series, TCU and Ohio State will now face each other just once at AT&T Stadium. This is a meeting of two of the most successful programs and coaches of the last decade. Urban Meyer and Gary Patterson have never crossed paths in their storied careers (Patterson just missed Meyer at Utah), and this will be an interesting litmus test for both. Ohio State’s got the talent to win a national championship, especially if quarterback Dwayne Haskins can live up to his hype as a successor to J.T. Barrett. TCU, meanwhile, returns just eight starters. But that exodus makes way for a new generation in Fort Worth more talented than the last. Skill talent like Jalen Reagor, Omar Manning and Shawn Robinson will likely be well-known names by the time they leave the Horned Frogs.
If Ohio State’s recent history at AT&T is any indication, TCU might have a tough time in this one.
Foster seems like a great kid, and is undeniably a heck of an athlete. And, as a bonus, he loves TCU.
“It happened pretty fast,” Foster said. “They offered me and then I was just like, ‘I want to commit right now.’”
Daimarqua held offers from about a half-dozen other FBS schools, but TCU held a special place in his heart because of his favorite running back.
”You know, to see him get to go to TCU, which was a place he really wanted to go, and just to see how happy he is about getting to go to where LaDainian Tomlinson went, we’re really happy for him,” said Hirschi head coach Danny Youngs.
Yeah, Robinson’s play is a huge factor. But it won’t all fall on the sophomore QB’s shoulders.
HORNED FROG PREVIEW. Texas Christian may be good this year. It also may not be. It will mostly depend on the performance of sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, a former four-star recruit.
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Gundy’s “TCU and OSU are basically the same” construct is true in one more way this year: each is a QB away from big success. They’re both breaking in new ones, and it’s just impossible to make confident predictions until we’ve seen them in action.
Going strictly on S&P+, though, TCU’s going to have as good a chance as anyone of getting to the title game. And the schedule is as favorable as you can get — the Frogs get five home games to only four road games, two of which are at KU and Baylor. They are projected favorites in seven of nine league games and are the tiniest of projected underdogs (0.7 points) at Texas. (Here’s where TCU fans point out that the Frogs have pummeled the Horns for four straight years.)
If Robinson is ready, TCU will be, too. And that could make Ohio State’s week three Metroplex visit awfully interesting.
If Shawn Robinson shreds Ohio State’s defense then TCU will have a national contender on their hands. It’s that simple.
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TCU associate head coach Bill Mosiello, Tennessee Tech head coach Matt Bragga and Texas assistant Sean Allen are under consideration for the job, a person with knowledge of the process confirmed.
Mosiello was in Houston on Wednesday to interview for the job to replace Wayne Graham, the longtime Owls coach whose contract was not renewed.
”No disrespect to anybody else, but he’s easily the best pure baseball mind that I’ve been around in 28 years of college coaching,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said by phone Wednesday. “He has super high standards ethically and morally.”