Much like Drake, TCU Football players like their chips with dip. Or however that goes. But seriously, knowing the meaning behind the motto is loving the motto.
As Patterson explained, “At the end of the presentation, you’ll see [Kindred] talking when the guys are walking out of the tunnel and they start showing the uniforms. The guys who wore this uniform -- how they all, at some point in time when they became Horned Frogs, they learned how to earn the chip.
“To me, that was it. What do people think about a TCU player? A guy that plays with a chip on his shoulder, plays hard every snap, wears the uniform with pride. That’s why #EarnTheChip came about.”
I personally think it’s out of college football within the next five years.
In the end, though, it’s about safety and it’s getting difficult to see reasons why a kickoff is necessary at this point.
“A [College Football Playoff] semifinal game two years ago had 13 kickoffs run back and only two of them got to the 25-yard line,” Bowlsby said. “We’ll see what happens. … We need to be constantly vigilant that we’re making it a safer game so young people don’t have to compromise the way they live the rest of their lives as a result of participating in a sport.”
There is not a team I hate playing annually more than Kansas.
We are less than one year removed from beating TCU on a butt fumble followed by a free kick near the end of the game where the Kansas Head Football Coach didn’t know the rule, and Kansas got lucky and escaped with a highly improbable win.
Since TCU joined the Big 12, they have met Kansas seven times. There’s been the one blowout (sigh). Two games have been one-point affairs, with KU even winning one of those. Then there have been 2 two-score games and 2 one-score games. It’s surprisingly been very competitive.
The Horned Frogs have lots and lots of options at quarterback heading into camp. With former starter Shawn Robinson transferring to Missouri, coach Gary Patterson turns his focus to these guys: There’s true freshman Max Duggan, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation who was the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year; redshirt freshman Justin Rogers, a highly touted recruit from Louisiana who sustained a devastating knee injury his senior year and is still not 100%; Michael Collins, who was Robinson’s backup last year but had offseason surgery and missed the spring; and the most experienced of all and favorite to win the job is Kansas State transfer Alex Delton, who was a captain for the Wildcats last year.
The defense is elite. The offense? We will find out.
It should not surprise you to learn that in the 18 seasons since Gary Patterson took over for Dennis Franchione as TCU head coach, the Horned Frogs have ranked in the top 50 in defensive S&P+ 16 times (they were 17th in 2018) and the defense has graded out better than the offense 15 times. Patterson’s vaunted 4-2-5 defense has long been regarded as innovative and unique; as the spread offense has taken hold, many have attempted to copy it.
The offense, however, has been hit or miss.
If you think about it, there are two components to a good offense. First, there is your base attack -- the normal downs and distances, in open areas of the field. This is where your coordinator’s offensive philosophy shines through and where a majority of your snaps take place. The other component comes in the specialty moments, the “someone please make a play” moments. They’re what happens when you fall behind schedule, or when you start to sniff the goal line.