The 2014 TCU football team has played plenty of important games this season, but none with greater implications than this Saturday’s matchup against Iowa State.
Three years after entering the Big 12 Conference, a win over the Cyclones will give TCU a share of the Big 12 title.
But the Horned Frogs are seeking more than just conference accolades.
An impressive victory over Iowa State could solidify TCU’s place in the College Football Playoff, and give the Frogs their first shot at a National Championship since 1938.
News broke this week that Baylor University hired a Public Relations firm to build its case for the CFP, and social media has been buzzing over the TCU-Baylor rivalry and a spot in the playoff.
However, coach Patterson said he’s staying away from the politicking and letting his team’s play on Saturday show the CFP committee who deserves a playoff berth.
“You’ve got to let your team speak,” Patterson said. “That’s the only way you can do that, and that’s on the field.”
Patterson emphasized repeatedly that none of the rankings matter unless TCU wins this Saturday, saying “then I’ll be excited.”
Junior running back B.J. Catalon will not play for the fourth consecutive game, according to his twitter.
— Lion Hearted (@Ben_Cat23) December 5, 2014
But his replacement, Aaron Green, has filled in nicely and seems excited for Saturday’s game.
— Aaron Green (@AaronGreen22) December 3, 2014
TCU athletics is expecting another large student turnout after the record-setting numbers from the Kansas State game, and is offering 1,000 more student seats in the upper deck of Amon G. Carter.
— TCU STUDENT SECTION (@TCUstudentsect) December 5, 2014
Iowa State is 2-9 on the season and hasn’t won since October 11. TCU has a chance to win 11 regular season games for the first time since the 2010 Rose Bowl-winning season.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m, and TCU has a chance to make this dream season even more special.