Texas Christian was a disappointing 11-14 in 2012-13, but came roaring back in 2014 under Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs finished 12-1, including a 42-3 rout of Mississippi in the Peach Bowl. TCU opens Sept. 3 at Minnesota.
The Horned Frogs of Texas Christian opened their season in style on Saturday with a paycheck game against something called Samford and as expected, TCU cruised to a 48-14 victory. Greg Laughlin was among the announced 40,094 at Amon Carter Stadium.
The early schedule should make for a smooth transition into the Big 12 for Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs will be favored in their first five games, three of which are at home. It starts to get interesting on Oct. 13, when TCU travels to Baylor.
Texas Christian took care of business in the Poinsettia Bowl with a 31-24 victory over Louisiana Tech, but the Horned Frogs had to rally from a 24-17 deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Bulldogs. Perhaps there was a reason for TCU's struggles. Coach Gary Patterson said afterward that he suspected the Bulldogs knew the Horned Frogs' signals, so he changed them at halftime.
The announced crowd was only 24,607, the smallest turnout in the seven-year history of the bowl. Bowl officials took a pass on inviting the hometown San Diego State Aztecs because they wanted to fill hotels, which pump about $400,000 annually to the Poinsettia and Holiday bowls. Perhaps matching two teams that travel light maybe wasn't the best idea. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan thinks the bowl should rethink its relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which runs through 2013.