This Thursday’s game against No. 8 BYU is this year’s “Pink Out” game, which gives TCU and the Susan G. Komen Foundation an opportunity to raise money for breast cancer patients.
While this game is immensely important in that respect, it is also the most important game on the schedule this season for the Horned Frogs.
The Frogs will be playing their second top 10-ranked team of the season and if they want to win their second Mountain West Conference championship, they need to win this game. The Cougars have won the last two Mountain West championships, and the road to this year’s title goes through them.
Also a victory against a top-10 team could help the team’s chances of leaping up in the polls and keep the faint hope of making a BCS bowl game alive.
So with this being the biggest game of the year for the Frogs and probably the biggest game Amon G. Carter Stadium has hosted since the days of the Southwest Conference, the fans need to be out there, be loud and really get into the atmosphere.
The team needs the stadium to be rowdy to mess with the Cougars’ offense and to help will the Frogs to victory.
The importance of the crowd was evident in this year’s game against Oklahoma by the number of penalties committed by the Frogs, the majority of them being offsides and false starts, which can be caused by lack of concentration from a loud stadium. And penalties have been a problem all season for the Frogs, at home and on the road, as they have drawn the most flags and have had more yards penalized than any other team in the nation.
If the crowd can get the BYU offense moving backward by forcing them to commit stupid penalties, it makes the job easier for the Frogs and their top-ranked defense.
And there will be more pressure on the crowd in this game than any other game this season.
Even though the Cougars are from Provo, Utah, 1,413 miles from Fort Worth, their fans always travel well, and everywhere they go it feels like a home game for them. So TCU fans will need to be louder than ever and take the homefield advantage back.
Some students might have class Thursday night, and I am not saying skip class, but they should try and cut a deal with their professors, for example, read twice as much as they are supposed to, or do an extra paper, so the team can get as many fans as possible to the game.
So fans need to be at the game, be loud and help the Frogs knock off a top-10 team and make another Mountain West title possible.