TCU Wonders: Hey, Is Kathy Ireland Still Playing For Texas State?

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 8:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks on during their game against the Texas Longhorns on September 8, 2007 at Darren K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 34-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

While the TCU Horned Frogs have played a lot of good out-of-conference games over the years, few of those have taken place at home.

It has been hard to get top teams to come and play at Fort Worth, with only Texas Tech, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Stanford having come to Fort Worth during Coach's Patterson's tenure.

Of those, only Texas Tech was ranked at the time of the game.

This year, TCU luckily reached an agreement to play at Clemson, supplementing the game at Virginia.

Over the next seven years, TCU has games scheduled with BCS schools both at home (Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Virginia), as well as on the road games (Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, and Texas Tech).

TCU also has regular matchups with SMU for the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet, as well as an upcoming home-and-home with Navy.

This year TCU hosts an FCS school for the third time in the past four years. 

The Texas State Bobcats are a top-20 FCS school looking to move up to the Bowl Subdivision within the next five years.

And no, the Texas State portrayed in the movie "Necessary Roughness" has no relation to this football program. Nor does the Kathy Ireland kick for the Bobcats.

Texas State is a large school located in San Marcos, Texas, about halfway between San Antonio and Austin. 

Formerly known as Southwest Texas State and Texas State University-San Marcos and whose most famous graduate is LBJ, the Bobcats look to bring a large contingent of fans up to Fort Worth.

Last year, Stephen F. Austin came to TCU, looking to play even with the Frogs. The players even trash-talked the TCU players before the game.

This gave the Frogs a little bit of extra motivation as they rolled to a 67-7 win.

The Frogs, who held Virginia to under 100 yards of offense until the final five minutes of the game, look to tune-up a little more against the Bobcats.

The Frogs will be working to get the offense in fine form in preparation for next week's battle at Clemson.

The offense, led by third-year starter Andy Dalton, allegedly planning "new looks," looked like last year's team during the tune-up at Virginia, especially with the struggles on third down.

The new-look offense will largely be kept under wraps again here, as the Frogs look ahead to Clemson. 

Look for the Frogs to pound the ground with authority, eating up the clock, and running up the score as Patterson tries to maximize the carries some young running backs.