The Frogs were ranked going into their Sept. 27 game against the then-No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners.
After that loss, I wondered if they would be in the top 25 again this season. Then TCU hosted Brigham Young University last week.
That demolition of the then-No. 9 Cougars, coupled with losses by eight ranked teams, boosted the Frogs from the realm of the unranked to right in the middle of the BCS picture.
Now the Frogs are ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today poll. And, more importantly, TCU is No. 14 in the BCS standings, putting them squarely on the bubble for a chance at playing in a BCS bowl game.
What that means is if the Frogs can win all of their remaining games, they have a chance to get a bid to one of the five bowl games with the largest national attention and largest payout.
But the road isn’t exactly easy for TCU. They have to beat the Wyoming Cowboys, who defeated the Horned Frogs in Laramie, Wyo., last season, in this weekend’s homecoming game. After that the Frogs go on the road for two games.
First, they will visit the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, who beat the then-No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils earlier this season.
Then TCU will have its biggest challenge on its remaining schedule when it plays the No. 11/12 Utah Utes on the road on a Thursday night. The Utes knocked off the Frogs on a Thursday night last season in Fort Worth.
Finally, the Horned Frogs will return home to try and extract revenge for last year’s loss against the Air Force Academy Falcons, hopefully catapulting them into a BCS bowl game.
So the road isn’t exactly easy for the Frogs, but if we have learned anything from college football over the last two years it is that anything is possible.
But if you do want to look ahead and ask yourself “What if?”, here are some things to look forward to.
If Oklahoma wins the remainder of its games, which will make TCU’s one loss look a little less glaring, don’t be surprised to see a rematch between the Sooners and the Frogs in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 5, 2009, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. This would be the Sooners’ third straight Fiesta Bowl appearance.
The other most likely BCS bowl appearance for the Frogs could be against whoever finishes second in the SEC if Alabama wins out and gets to the national title game. If the Crimson Tide does make its way into the national title game, the Georgia Bulldogs could finish second in the SEC and face the Frogs in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2009. This would be the Bulldogs’ second straight Sugar Bowl appearance.
But the fact is, you never know. And that is the nature of this beautiful game.