They are no longer a secret in the world of college football. TCU is showing they belong with the big boys.
Going into their match-up with UNLV in Las Vegas, the Frogs find themselves ranked 4th in both the Associated Press and BCS polls. But as head coach Gary Patterson said in his weekly press conference, “that doesn’t matter until the last week, you just gotta keep winning.” And that’s what the Frogs are doing.
The TCU offense is rolling right along, putting up plenty of points on the scoreboard. They are led by Davey O’Brien semi-finalist Andy Dalton, who has 1,635 yards passing and 14 TD’s this season. Dalton is also dangerous on the ground, with 417 yards rushing and 4 TD’s. When he’s not running the ball, Ed Wesley is. Wesley, one of the more underrated backs in the nation, has 884 yards rushing and 9 TD’s. The receiving corps is strong, led by Jeremy Kerley, Josh Boyce, Bart Johnson and Jimmy Young. Those 4 have a total of 13 TD catches between them.
The Frogs have probably the best defense in the country. They posted shutouts in their first two Mountain West Conference games and held high flying Air Force to just 3 points. Linebacker Tanner Brock leads the team with 59 tackles and defensive end Wayne Daniels is good for 24 tackles and 5 ½ sacks.
The offense puts up the points and the defense shuts down the opposition. Not a bad combination to have on your drive to the national championship. What’s scary is Coach Patterson believes they are just now getting their legs back under them. As good as they’ve played so far this season, they may just be starting.
With the bowl season right around the corner, the Frogs have their site set on that BCS trophy. And with the strong leadership by Dalton and others, they’ve been able to take care of business one game at a time without losing focus on the team goal.
With the constant shake-up of the college football scene, don’t be surprised to see TCU the last man standing when it’s all said and done.
Written by C. James
*Side Note: The Frogs last home game at Amon Carter Stadium is November 13th against San Diego State. Coach Patterson says the team will wear the classic purple and white uniforms in the send-off. A new stadium is scheduled to open next year.