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TCU News: IT’S GAME DAY!

And we finally have an answer as to who put up those Little Sisters of the Poor billboards back in 2011.

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Meet the TCU fans behind the 2011 TCU-Ohio State billboard prank | ESPN

We finally know the answers.

“We got so lucky because Columbus is the first market where they were testing digital outdoor advertising as a network,” Yacullo said. “So, there had been places where digital had been done before, but they hadn’t really built a full network that covered the whole marketplace. Knowing that we could get up immediately, it just became an amazing opportunity. I said, ‘Well, we’re not going to just put up just one; we’re going to wallpaper the Columbus market.’”

That very day, more than 20 digital billboards went up around Columbus, with the same message:

CONGRATULATIONS TO

TCU

For their BCS Rose Bowl Victory

-Little Sisters of the Poor

Immediately, the prank drew headlines from around the country. Except nobody knew who was behind it.

5 storylines in TCU-Ohio State: From Shawn Robinson’s “escapability” to Ty Summers’ role | The Star-Telegram

How will GP deploy Summers with Collier back?

“One of the things you’ll see from us through the season until everybody grows up is game to game of who we need to put where to have an opportunity to win,” Patterson said. “Where do we put them to be successful?”

For Ohio State, signs point to that being with Collier at end and Summers at linebacker much of the night. And Patterson believes Collier is in good shape despite sitting out the first two games for “disciplinary reasons.”

“He’ll be good. To be honest he probably practiced harder on the other end than he practiced if he would’ve been part of the one’s,” Patterson said. “He just didn’t do it on Saturday. I think he’s going to be in pretty decent shape.”

Ohio State vs. TCU: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game | Dayton Daily News

Plenty of Texas ties on Ohio State’s roster.

The Buckeyes have 1,300 total yards, 700 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns this season, all program highs for the first two games of the season… Ohio State is No. 2 in the nation in scoring (64.5 points per game) and total offense (650 yards per game)… The Buckeyes are 19-6-1 against current members of the Big 12, including splitting a home-and-home series with Oklahoma in 2016 and ’17… Ohio State is 19-9 away from home against ranked teams since 2007… Ohio State has seven players from Texas: freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin (Austin Lake Travis), sophomore linebacker Baron Browning (Fort Worth Kennendale), sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (La Grange), redshirt freshman receiver Elijah Gardiner (Kemp), fifth-year senior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal), sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okuda (South Grand Prairi) and junior cornerback Kendall Shefield (Missouri City)… Browning’s father, Barry Browning Sr., played defensive back for the Horned Frogs in the late 1990s.

Brave and Bold: Predictions for Ohio State vs. TCU | 247 Sports

It will take some big plays for the Frogs to upset OSU.

Ohio State dominated Oregon State in week one, but the defense faced criticism after allowing 31 points, including 3 ”big hit” plays against them. The Silver Bullets cleaned their act up against Rutgers, allowing less than 100 yards both on the ground and through the air, but the concern is still there about allowing big plays, especially against a talented and fast team like TCU.

We predict that those concerns won’t exactly be alleviated this week, and that the Horned Frogs will go for two big/long/explosive (whatever you want to call them) plays against Ohio State. This could include a punt or kick return for a score, but we tend to think the Buckeyes will be kicking away from TCU return man KaVontae Turpin. The more likely scenario in our mind is maybe one long pass (perhaps a slant and go or screen for Turpin), and one long run.

Plenty doubted Gary Patterson. TCU-Ohio State may become latest time they bite their tongue | Sports Day

Interesting perspective from a couple people who know GP well.

Of course, TCU has more than a little to do with his permanence, too. He’s gotten pretty much everything he’s asked for. Five million a year doesn’t hurt, either. Yet the attachment goes deeper.

”I think Gary trusts the people at TCU,” Fran said, “and that’s important to Gary. They believe in him and trust him. It makes him feel comfortable. I was comfortable, too, but it didn’t look like we were going to be in the Big 12. I wanted a chance to win a national championship.

”Gary’s got that now, and I believe he can.”

This is a big recruiting weekend for TCU -- football and basketball | The Star-Telegram

Love how these programs all work to help each other.

It’s not just a big weekend for football, either. The men’s basketball team is hosting a couple recruits as well.

Jalen Hill, a small forward out of Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, and Damion Baugh, a combo guard out of Tennessee Preparatory, are in town this weekend and will be attending Saturday night’s football game.

Hill is a four-star prospect while Baugh is a three-star, according to 247Sports.