The TCU Horned Frogs head into the 2011 season with a young and inexperienced squad. Gone are stars such as Andy Dalton and Jeremy Kerley. Only five starters return on each side of the ball. Both the offensive and defensive lines are young and inexperienced.
All of that might make most people fearful of a challenging season, yet the Horned Frogs head into the 2011 season with a preseason ranking of 15th. That confidence from the pollsters is due in large part to head coach Gary Patterson and his success in Fort Worth. Patterson has compiled a record of 98-28 during his tenure and his success, particularly TCU's Rose Bowl win on New Year's Day, is drawing high-ranking recruits to the program.
Nevertheless, there are a number of dates on TCU's schedule this season that Horned Frogs fans should circle as games that will be a test of just how good this team will be with so many young, new players. If the Frogs can overcome some or most of these obstacles, they will have yet another extremely successful season.