Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Big 12 [Print without images]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Frogs ready for a big bowl bounce?

By David Ubben

It's a point of debate every spring. West Virginia provided evidence to the contrary this season, but you could see some of it at Oklahoma State in the 2010 offseason heading into 2011.

Does winning a bowl game -- and winning big -- provide a springboard into the next season? It certainly helps in the preseason polls. Might Kansas State's preseason respect have been much different if the Wildcats had knocked off Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl?

I would certainly argue yes. Its on-field effects aside, there's no doubt it helps teams in the preseason polls. So, who could be due for a big bounce?

Colleague Travis Haney named his top 10 , and TCU's date against Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was the only Big 12 squad to make the list.

You'll need Insider to read the full piece, but I buy the potential. TCU's on my short list of 2013 Big 12 title contenders, and it'll certainly validate that with a win in its bowl. That would seal an eight-win season for a team missing its best player, Casey Pachall, for all but one Big 12 game (and that came against KU, winless in Big 12 play) this season.

Pachall may return this spring, too, which would certainly help push TCU to the front of the line. You can expect a QB competition in the spring if Pachall returns, but if he's still his old self, it's hard to see the speedy but spotty passer Trevone Boykin beating out the big, experienced, accurate Pachall.

I think that race and what Pachall looks like when/if he returns will have more influence on TCU's 2013 prospects, but there's no doubt that the bowl win as a Big 12 team for the first time could be a prelude to a very memorable season next year.

What about you? You buying the Frogs as a team that could springboard itself to a big encore from a bowl win?