Now that the college basketball season has officially come to an end, the attention of a lot of college sports fans is turning back to college football. Spring practice, scrimmages, 2010 recruiting, and early looks at the upcoming football season will again dominate the pages and air waves of media outlets throughout the United States.
Things are no different in Fort Worth, Texas, where the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs prepare for the 2009/2010 season.
On March 26th, 2009 the TCU athletic department announced the finalized 2009/2010 football schedule.
September 12th at Virginia (ACC)
September 19th Texas State (FCS)
September 26th at Clemson (ACC)
October 3rd SMU (Conference USA)
October 10th at Air Force (Mountain West)
October 17th Colorado State (Mountain West)
October 24th at BYU (Mountain West)
October 31st UNLV (Mountain West)
November 7th at San Diego State (Mountain West)
November 14th Utah (Mountain West)
November 21st at Wyoming (Mountain West)
November 28th New Mexico (Mountain West)
As I am sure the majority of TCU fans have noticed that there are finally no Thursday night games this season. Over the past several years in the MWC, the conference found is necessary to schedule games like TCU v. BYU or TCU v. Utah on Thursday night. This year all games are on Saturday.
In addition, nine of the 12 games are currently scheduled for television with three airing on the Mountain, two on CBS College Sports, and four on Versus. I would guess that at minimum the TCU at Clemson game will be on television as well, bringing the total to ten televised games.
As an early prediction, I am going to say that the Frogs will finish the regular season at 9-3. Though I think every game on the schedule is winnable, I believe it will be tough to replace some key contributors from last year's phenomenal defense.
I believe two of the three losses for the Frogs will come from Clemson and BYU. The final loss will end up coming from a team that the Frogs should beat, much like the losses to Air Force and Wyoming two seasons ago. It should be noted though that I certainly do not think that 12-0 is out of the question.
Overall, I like TCU's 2009/2010 schedule. Clemson as the final addition to the schedule gave the Frogs the type of game that will really put them in the spotlight, especially if they can get a road win in Death Valley. The biggest void in this year's schedule is a Big 12 opponent, this will be the first time the Frogs will not have a regular season Big 12 opponent since the 2003.