The fact that Meyer won’t be on the sidelines in September when the Frogs and Buckeyes face off is secondary to the real story here.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the Buckeyes’ 2018 season, the school announced on Wednesday evening. The university also suspended athletic director Gene Smith for 17 days, a period that will keep Smith away from the athletic department for about as long as Meyer — through Week 3 of football season.
OSU opens its 2018 schedule against Oregon State, before games against Rutgers and TCU. Meyer can rejoin the team on Sept. 2, the day after that Oregon State opener, but will not coach the team during the games against Rutgers and TCU.
TCU isn’t the team to beat in 2018, but they will certainly be taken seriously as a threat by the rest of the conference.
Based strictly on OddsShark’s championship list, TCU has the fourth-best odds in the Big 12. However, there’s a legitimate case for the Horned Frogs to be considered the No. 2 team.
Last season, they forced two turnovers or allowed 0-14 points against every Big 12 opponent except Oklahoma. All-Big 12 defensive end Ben Banogu highlights the large group of returning players, and Northern Illinois transfer Jawuan Johnson—who collected 18 tackles for loss as a junior—strengthens the unit.
However, as is normal for Big 12 teams in 2018, the question is the quarterback. Robinson attempted only 27 passes last season, but he could propel TCU to its second straight Big 12 title appearance.
I can’t be the only one who wants to hang out with Gary and Kelsey, right?
The Pattersons took a cozy den and turned it into a 500-square foot ops center and recruiting showcase, patterned after one they saw at Mack and Sally Brown’s house. Framed pictures and newspaper articles note stops in Patterson’s coaching career -- such as Sonoma State in 1989 -- as well as historic moments from his 21 years at TCU, including 18 years as head coach.
There’s the Rose Bowl, and the 2014 Peach Bowl win over Mississippi, and the program-building win over Oklahoma in 2005 and the historic 2016 Alamo Bowl comeback against Oregon. A Swarovski crystal TCU football helmet, a gift from Chancellor Victor Boschini, sits in a trophy case along with Patterson masks courtesy of ESPN College GameDay.