2011 College Football Preview: Tank Carder and the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs

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2011 College Football Preview: Tank Carder and the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs
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Question: What is the best way for a non-AQ school to celebrate their first ever BCS bowl victory?

Answer: Move to the most winnable BCS conference in college football.

164 days ago the Horned Frogs defeated the mighty Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. 380 days from now, they will officially join the Big East.

Done and done.

As for the in between time? No one really knows what to expect.

TCU returns only six starters in 2011. Andy Dalton is gone. Jeremy Kerley is gone. Teejay Johnson is also gone. But, believe it or not, the Frogs aren't likely to see a drop off in talent.

What they will suffer from is a drastic loss of experience. A lack of experience typically correlates to an increase in mistakes, and often times a lack of leadership.

While TCU is headed to AQ land next summer, they're not there yet. For one more season they'll need to run the table to get into the dance. So the question, then, becomes: Can the Horned Frogs overcome the loss of so many familiar faces, and make their third consecutive run to the BCS?

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