They are called “the Horned Frogs,” but the football players that represent Texas Christian University (TCU) could also be known as “winners.” This college men’s football program has separated itself from the pack of teams that rarely rise above mediocrity to become “elite.”
Consider, if you will, that the Horned Frogs were ranked in the Top Ten nationally last year, in 2014. There was good reason for this squad’s lofty national standing. It completed the season with a stellar Won-Loss record of 12-1.
The Horned Frogs were then, and are now, a member of the Big 12 Conference. In 2014, they beat Conference opponents eight times in nine attempts. Clearly, this team from the Lone Star state had earned recognition and respect.
Its Head Coach, Gary Patterson, celebrated his fourteenth year as the “head man” by leading his team to the co-championship, along with Baylor University, of the Big 12 Conference. An invitation to the Peach Bowl became “icing on the cake” for this suddenly powerful college football team, especially when the Horned Frogs won the game by routing ninth-ranked Ole Miss University by a score of 42-3.
The Head Coach and his players knew that 2015 could be a year in which they enjoyed continued success. They have been proven right, at least in the early stages of the current season.
On September 3rd, the Horned Frogs traveled to the University of Minnesota and beat the home team by a score of 23-17. The following week, on September 12th, TCU opened its home season with an impressive win against a small Texas college, SF Austin. The final score was 70-7.
There are five more home games on the schedule for the Horned Frogs. The first of them will be played this Saturday, September 19th against Southern Methodist University (SMU). The Texas Longhorns will visit TCU on October 3rd in a battle for state supremacy. West Virginia University will play the Horned Frogs on October 29th, the Kansas Jayhawks will visit on November 14th and the season’s most important home game will follow.
On November 27th, the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears will step on the gridiron and the two top ten teams will decide which team is better.
Five remaining road games present a couple of interesting challenges for the Horned Frogs. To begin, TCU will play Texas Tech University on September 26th, Kansas State University on October 10th and the Jayhawks of the University of Kansas on November 14th.
The team’s final two road games will pit them against the 25tth ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 7th and the Sooners of Oklahoma University on November 21st.
There is every reason to believe that the Horned Frogs will be able to meet every challenge “head on” over the next couple of months. It also seems likely that this high-powered team will win more games than it loses.
The Horned Frogs are now one of America’s elite college football teams.
Courtesy of Statesman.com