Freshmen, I envy you. As a true TCU football fan, I have been extremely proud to watch the Horned Frogs dominate the opposing competition this season. TCU has been the only college football team I have ever supported, and the future is brighter than ever before. While TCU has won at least 10 games in five out of the last seven seasons, don't take this level of excellence for granted. At 10-2, the team was one fourth down stop away from a potential berth in the Sugar Bowl.
Editor's note: Athletics Media Relations denied interviews with Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and running back Ryan Christian for this story, and Christian declined to be interviewed without the department's permission.
Standing 5 feet 11 inches tall at a listed weight of 188 pounds, Ryan Christian doesn't fit the mold of a college running back. But the junior has proven to be effective with his playmaking ability on the football field.
Sophomore guard Helena Sverrisdottir fell two assists shy of a triple-double as the Lady Frogs followed up Friday's 80-68 win over no. 3 Maryland with a 73-60 victory against UT-San Antonio on Sunday.
The Lady Frogs struggled to separate themselves from the Roadrunners on the scoreboard in the first half, but the team would take a 42-30 lead into halftime due to clutch outside shooting from junior guard TK LaFleur. Their advantage never dipped below double digits in the second half as the team improved to 2-0 on the season.
Before the season started, the Utah Utes expected to have their conference and Bowl Championship Series dreams tested in a late-season matchup. TCU, however, was not considered the primary threat to dash their hopes.
No. 12 TCU (9-1,6-0 MWC) goes into Thursday night's game against undefeated University of Utah, No. 8 in the BCS, with the goal of achieving not only a conference championship but also, potentially, its first BCS berth in the school's history.
Most would point to next Thursday's showdown with No. 8 BYU as the biggest upcoming game for the Horned Frogs. At his press conference on Tuesday, head coach Gary Patterson said Saturday's game with Colorado State is the only one that matters right now.
"This week's meeting with the players only lasted about two minutes," he said. "I told the guys this Colorado State team is the second-best team they have faced to this point, and they will have to bring the energy on the road."
Head coach Gary Patterson's press conference went a little longer than usual Tuesday as the 24th-ranked Frogs are preparing to face the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners this weekend.
TCU has made it to the biggest game of the early season unscathed at 4-0, but Patterson said he knows the Sooners will be unlike any team his squad has faced this season.
"You don't ever stop Oklahoma because they are great at wide receiver and quarterback, as well as big up front," he said. "But it is important to be able to contain them."
The Horned Frogs never let rival SMU gain any momentum in Saturday night's game as TCU rolled 48-7 and made its first appearance in the top 25 since week one of last season. But one member of the defense said the team felt disappointed in allowing the Mustangs to score at all.
"Giving up that touchdown made us mad, but that's football," senior linebacker Jason Phillips said after the game. "As an aggressive defense, we are going to give up a big play every once in a while. But when that happens we have to let it motivate us and come back better for it."