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TCU News: Could the Frogs replace Cal with an in-state rival? Or an old frenemy?

Jeremiah Donati is trying to fill the open whole in the schedule left by Cal cancelling.

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Football:

TCU’s scramble for an opponent to replace Cal game includes Alabama and Texas A&M | The Star-Telegram

Don’t get too excited about the big names... this one is likely coming down to a familiar foe.

With TCU’s season-opener game against Cal canceled, the school’s athletic director is now pursuing a replacement opponent for Sept. 5 Week 1 slot or possibly even the prior week, Week Zero.

Alabama, BYU, Liberty and Texas A&M are all possibilities, and given the exceptional nature of the year don’t rule out any of these unlikely candidates as potential TCU opponents for a season that proceeds with extreme caution.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said he’s trying to find a game and, “Everyone who has had or will have a game canceled in the immediate future is [possible] at this point.”

Oklahoma football: Most pivotal, biggest game on Sooners’ 2020 schedule | Stormin’ in Norman

It’s been a while... let’s go ahead and beat OU this year.

Gary Patterson’s TCU squad is due for a comeback year after a very disappointing 2019 season. The Horned Frogs were just 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference, but played Oklahoma very tough last season, losing by just four points, 28-24, in Norman. That’s been more the rule than the exception in the eight seasons TCU has been a member of the Big 12.

Oklahoma is 8-1 against the Horned Frogs in Big 12 play, but five of the nine games have been decided by seven or fewer points. The one loss, by the way, was at TCU in 2014.

The TCU game follows an Oklahoma home game against in-state rival Oklahoma State. Although not as big a rivalry as Texas is, it is still a rivalry game, and emotions and energy run high on both sides. TCU is the first of back-to-back road games for the Sooners. The week after going to TCU, OU hits the road for West Virginia.

That puts the TCU game on Oct. 31 in perfect position as a trap game, particularly if the Sooners are 7-0 at that point (or 4-0 if it is a conference-only schedule). And the way these two teams have battled each other over the years, a close game on the road might not work in Oklahoma’s favor.

Ranking the top 10 college football players in the Big 12 ahead of the 2020 season | CBS Sports

Two Frogs in the top ten!

3. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

He’s not only the best safety in the Big 12, he was considered the top-graded safety in college football in 2019, per Pro Football Focus. In fact, Moehrig, a junior, had the third-most valuable season in the PFF College era. His advanced stats are absurd: One touchdown allowed on 30 targets with 11 passes defended, a 38.71 completion percentage against, 14.67 yards per game allowed, and a 29.17 quarterback rating allowed. He also had four interceptions and nearly had a fifth. He is a blanket in TCU’s five DB defense.

Around Campus:

TCU still undecided on tuition costs for online courses amid coronavirus pandemic | The Star-Telegram

Could Frogs get a little tuition break?

“Like every other institution responding in real time to a COVID-19 crisis that is evolving daily, discussions regarding tuition will continue,” a spokeswoman said via email. “We will inform our families of any changes as soon as possible.”

Since May, TCU has lost $50 million due to the coronavirus pandemic, Boschini told the Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

“And we’re losing more money now,” he said. “My goal is to keep 2,400 people employed here.”

Various other Texas universities have announced they will not offer decreased tuition for online courses. UT Austin, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Texas Tech will charge the same rate for classes whether or not they take place online, the Texas Tribune reported.

In more than 50 lawsuits across the country, students are demanding a refund and compensation from universities after courses were shifted online due to coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.