Sure, Lincoln Riley had an impressive debut, but he walked into a situation that he almost couldn’t ruin. Patterson, and Gundy for that matter, have done more with less for a really long time.
Patterson enters 2018 as the nation’s second-longest tenured coach and takes over the top spot in Athlon’s Big 12 coach rankings. The Kansas native took over as TCU’s head coach for the 2000 bowl game and has guided the program through three different conference transitions. The Horned Frogs moved from the WAC to Conference USA prior to 2001 and shifted to the Mountain West in ‘05. The program landed in the Big 12 before the 2012 season, and through all of the changes, TCU hasn’t missed a beat with Patterson at the helm. He’s guided the program to a 160-57 record and has just three losing seasons in 17 years as the head coach in Fort Worth. TCU has also claimed at least a share of six conference titles, finished No. 2 nationally in 2010 and just missed out on the CFB Playoff in ‘14. In addition to his success as a head coach, Patterson is one of college football’s top defensive minds and has guided TCU’s defense to rank consistently among the best in the nation.
Yeah, that late September stretch is brutal, but it’s the four games after Ohio State that will truly matter for the Frogs.
The Horned Frogs aren’t exactly a sleeper, but opinions vary on where they should be ranked in the Top 25. They can solidify with a victory against Ohio State at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 15 in the same way Oklahoma did in 2017. TCU plays at Texas the following week before wrapping up the week against Iowa State, a game that should have their full attention. TCU went undefeated in September last year. If they do it this year, then a lot more people will notice.
This is a great look at OOC scheduling by Berry Tramel.
The Big 12 has the biggest percentage of its games against fellow Power 5 schools. Eleven of the Big 12’s 30 nonconference games, 36.7 percent, are against the Power 5. Every Big 12 team except OSU plays a Power 5 opponent, and the Cowboys play mid-major power Boise State. Texas and West Virginia each play two Power 5 foes.
Sure, TOS is a big deal. But you can’t overstate how big it is that JJ’s returning to the Frogs. As a pitcher, as a leader, and as a mentor for some promising young arms, he’s a crucial piece in 2019 as TCU tries to win an elusive Natty.
Janczak has been one of the most successful pitchers in TCU’s history. He’s 17-7 with a 2.56 ERA in 218 career innings. His 2018 season was limited to eight starts because of the injury. He had an 3.00 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 42 innings.
The right-hander will be able to start throwing again this fall and should be ready for the start of the ‘19 season, Schlossnagle said.
”We are super very excited to welcome Jared back for his senior year,” Schlossnagle said. “This is a huge win for TCU and I look forward to watching a healthy Jared Janczak lead us back to Omaha.”