2010-11 TCU Horned Frogs: Forget BCS Busters—National Title Contenders

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2010-11 TCU Horned Frogs: Forget BCS Busters—National Title Contenders
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The TCU Horned Frogs busted their way into the BCS last year and came up a touchdown short of winning the Fiesta Bowl against another BCS buster, the Boise State Broncos.

Now, with 16 starters returning from last year’s 12-1 BCS bowl team, the Horned Frogs look ready to crash the party again.

However, this year the Frogs are ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, putting TCU in an excellent position to do more than just crash the BCS—they could run the table and possibly end up playing for a national title.

The Horned Frogs and head coach Gary Patterson will be tested early with a national televised game as part of college football’s opening weekend with a Sept. 4 matchup against the Oregon State Beavers.

Currently, the Beavers are ranked No. 22 in the Coaches' Poll, and the two teams will meet in the "Death Star" at Cowboys Stadium.

It will be a great chance to see just how for real the 2010-11 TCU team is and if they can perform under the bright lights.

The last time the Frogs were on the big stage, the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State, TCU had its struggles. The Horned Frogs finished just 1-of-12 on third downs, had three turnovers, and trailed the Broncos by nearly 10 minutes in ball possession.

However, the Horned Frogs did find themselves tied at 10 with 3:52 to go in the third quarter, and if the Broncos did not successfully convert a fake punt on a 4th-and-9 on their own 33-yard line early in the fourth quarter, the Frogs could have gotten the ball back and completed their undefeated season.

This is why the matchup with Oregon State on Sept. 4 is all the more important for the 2010-11 Horned Frogs. It will give the Horned Frogs a chance to be put into a pressure situation and be tested early in the season rather than later. A dominating performance by TCU over the Beavers could propel the Horned Frogs into position for more than just a BCS bowl game, but even the national title game.

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