There are a few givens when it comes to TCU football and its Amon G. Carter Stadium:
Solid defense led by All-American DE Jerry Hughes; clock-consuming ground game skillfully directed by QB Andy Dalton; coach Gary Patterson re-tying his shoes every change of possession; several thousand TCU fans sitting at their tailgates watching the other college football games instead of coming into the stadium; TV cameras showing the empty visitor section; and beautiful coeds overdressed for football.
What you do not expect is a sold-out game.
TCU has had two sellouts in memory: 1984, when the Texas fans actually filled Amon G. Carter Stadium (and the only time they did, even though the Longhorns played at TCU every other year), and 2006, when Texas Tech brought some 15,000 or so fans to see the Red Raiders lose to TCU.
Never have Frog fans sold out that stadium without a large visitor presence, coming close in 2003 in a game with Cincinnati when TCU was making another run at a BCS bowl.
Yet TCU fans have not only sold out the stadium for Saturday's matchup with Utah, they have done it on their own, as Utah will bring no more than a thousand or so fans.
With its nearest conference foe 700 miles away, it is very difficult for the Frogs to have many visitors, unless it is a local team like Baylor or SMU, or BYU with its 10,000 or so fans for its biennial trip to Fort Worth.
In fact, TCU copied Jerry Jones and is selling standing room only tickets at 15 dollars apiece, looking to cram the old stadium with as many as possible.
Even these Standing Room Only tickets are now gone.
So, TCU may not only surpass the stadium record of 47,280 set in 1984, but blow it out of the water.
Frog alums are coming in from around the country to witness this game in person.
With other major games available, ESPN decided that TCU-Utah is the game of the day, and CBS College Sports, which has the broadcast rights, will also be having their studio show coming live from Fort Worth.
Nike has also commissioned special uniforms for TCU just for this game, one of only 10 teams to receive this honor.
With the sell-out of SRO tickets, the only remaining option for obtaining a ticket is scalpers, but the high price will be worth it to come and witness the best college football team in the country, joining representatives from all four BCS bowls.
Meanwhile, No. 3 Texas plays at Baylor, a mere hour or so south of TCU. I guess ESPN has decided which team is really the best in Texas, and it is not UT, having passed the Horns over for some purple power.
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