After the football team defeated the then-No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners in 2005, it seemed like most TCU fans were wondering why the Horned Frogs are in the Mountain West and not the Big 12.
Now that the Frogs have lost to the now-No. 1 Sooners this year and the University of Texas last season, that argument has significantly weakened.
While moving to the Big 12 would be a great opportunity and would boost recruiting, right now TCU is right where it belongs in the Mountain West.
While I think the Frogs could make some moves in the BCS-affiliated conference, I think fans would overall be more disappointed in winning just seven games a season compared to the chance TCU has every year to win 10 or more games.
But you have to take the good with the bad with a football program like TCU’s.
Seven wins last season got Texas A&M a bid to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio against Penn State of the Big 10. The payout for that game last season was $2.225 million.
BYU won 10 games en route to securing the Mountain West Conference championship last season and went to the Las Vegas Bowl against UCLA, who won six games as a member of the Pac-10 last season. The payout for that game was just $1 million.
So fans would have to decide which they like more – wins or money. Since I’m not seeing any of the money, I will take the wins.
And the biggest thing that bugged me about people wanting to move out of the Mountain West was that the fans didn’t realize that it wouldn’t be just the football team to move.
For example, I love our volleyball team, but I don’t know if it would be as successful competing in the Big 12, which features No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Texas in one of the most competitive conferences in the country. The men’s basketball team has not been very competitive in the Mountain West in recent years, so I don’t want to think about what would happen to the team in the Big 12, which features the defending national champion Kansas Jayhawks.
Moving to a BCS-affiliated conference is something that should be considered in the future, but as of right now, the Horned Frogs are a good fit competitively in the Mountain West.
Sports editor Billy Wessels is a senior news-editorial journalism major from Waxahachie.