Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs have the benefit of playing five Big 12 games at home plus Ohio State in nearby Arlington
The TCU Horned Frogs are coming off an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game, and despite losing some key seniors, are looking to keep that momentum going from the 2017 season.
As is the case in the Big 12, every other year teams get either five home games or five road games. This year, TCU gets the five games at home, plus a huge non-conference matchup in its backyard with Ohio State at AT&T Stadium. That gives the Horned Frogs a stretch from mid-September to late October with only one weekend having to travel outside of Dallas-Fort Worth.
2018 TCU Horned Frogs Schedule
Bye: Week 6
Week 1 – Sept. 1 vs. Southern (Fort Worth, Texas)
Sure, Southern went 7-4 in the SWAC last season, but the last Power 5 opponent this FCS program faced was Georgia in 2015. The end result? A 48-6 Bulldogs win. There’s little reason the outcome shouldn’t be similar for this game.
Week 2 – Sept. 8 at SMU (Dallas)
As is usually the case, these two old rivals meet in early September with the iron skillet on the line. There’s an interesting storyline here with new SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, who was an offensive assistant for Gary Patterson last season.
Week 3 – Sept. 15 vs. Ohio State (AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas)
Gary Patterson is never afraid to schedule a non-conference game vs. Power 5 teams (Arkansas the past two years), but this is another level with Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Bragging rights will be on the line between the Big 12 and the Big Ten.
Week 4 – Sept. 22 at Texas (Austin, Texas)
The conference opener will give us a good feel as to where Tom Herman’s program is and if they’re ready to compete at the top of the Big 12. But TCU has dominated Texas in recent years, not losing a game to UT since 2013.
Week 5 – Sept. 29 vs. Iowa State (Fort Worth, Texas)
Matt Campbell comes to town trying to prove his Cyclones weren’t a fluke winning eight games in 2017. But for the Horned Frogs, they’re thinking revenge after their undefeated season ended in Ames last year.
Week 7 – Oct. 11 vs. Texas Tech (Fort Worth, Texas)
TCU beating Texas Tech 27-3 was arguably the low point of the Red Raiders’ 2017 season. With Kliff Kingsbury fighting for his job in 2018, there will be a little more something on the line between these teams.
Week 8 – Oct. 20 vs. Oklahoma (Fort Worth, Texas)
It’s a rematch of the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma won both games last season, but this time, it’s on TCU’s home turf and OU no longer has a Heisman winner running the show.
Week 9 – Oct. 27 at Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.)
Two years ago, the Jayhawks almost upset TCU, but last season the Horned Frogs rolled 43-0 and held the Jayhawks to 21 total yards.
Week 10 – Nov. 3 vs. Kansas State (Fort Worth, Texas)
The two longest-tenured coaches in the Big 12, Gary Patterson and Bill Snyder, meet in a battle between two teams that want to be in the conference title discussion entering November.
Week 11 – Nov. 10 at West Virginia (Morgantown, W.Va.)
Gary Patterson’s defense against what should be the most explosive and experienced offense in the Big 12, the West Virginia Mountaineers, led by Will Grier. In three of the past five seasons, these teams have had their matchups decided by one possession.
Week 12 – Nov. 17 at Baylor (Waco, Texas)
This rivalry continues to grow by the year. The Bears hung with the Horned Frogs for a half last season, trailing by three at halftime before TCU pulled away for a 45-22 win. Matt Rhule’s squad won just one game last season, but will be healthier, more experienced and has talented transfers (Jalen Hurd) ready to play this fall.
Week 13 – Nov. 24 vs. Oklahoma State (Fort Worth, Texas)
Two teams that are losing their starting quarterbacks from 2017, but by this point of the season, both will be settled and possibly looking for a chance to continue their season the following week in Arlington?
— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of BlatantHomerism.com and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.