The Horned Frog football team made its highest debut in the BCS standings in school history Sunday, finding itself at No. 8 when the rankings were released.
The No. 8 ranking plus a date with the No. 16 BYU Cougars (6-1) on Saturday will put the Frogs in an unfamiliar position: the national spotlight. ESPN’s College GameDay program will broadcast from the campus of BYU in Provo, Utah on Saturday.
The Cougars’ lone loss came at home when they dropped a 54-28 contest to Florida State.
With the national attention on his team, head coach Gary Patterson said he would not get caught up in trying to impress voters.
“It’s about preparing your team for the second half of the season,” Patterson said. “When you hold somebody under 200 yards, that’s not good enough for some people. If 44 points isn’t enough for some people, what do you do?”
At No. 8, TCU (6-0) trails another top 10 school from a non-BCS conference, Boise State, by four spots in the poll. The Broncos will play on the road at Hawaii on Saturday and will face just one team with a winning record the rest of the season, when they play the Idaho Vandals (6-1) at home Nov. 14.
The Horned Frogs will face No. 18 Utah (5-1) in addition to BYU.
The Frogs stayed undefeated with a 44-6 home win over Colorado State last Saturday. The Horned Frogs started out slowly, as they fell behind the Rams 6-0 in the first quarter.
Despite the deficit, junior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley helped TCU to a 17-6 halftime lead with a spectacular punt return for a touchdown that earned him a spot on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of Saturday and an interview on ESPN2’s First Take program Monday morning.
“I want to give all the credit to my teammates blocking ahead of me,” Kerley said. “They do a heck of a job.”
The Mountain West Conference awarded Kerley Special Teams Player of the Week honors Monday for the second time this season. Kerley racked up 159 all-purpose yards against the Rams.
Junior quarterback Andy Dalton broke the 200-yard passing barrier for the third time this season, completing 15 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Early in the third quarter, Dalton connected with junior wide receiver Curtis Clay and redshirt freshman running back Ed Wesley on touchdowns of 47 and 39 yards. Wesley bowled over multiple Ram defenders as he rumbled down the middle of the field toward the endzone.