Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Which was better for TCU: 2011 or 2012?
By David Ubben
You can expect to see plenty more stories on TCU in the days and weeks to come, but I heard from a few of you who didn't necessarily agree with Gary Patterson in the first of those stories on the blog.
Here's what he had to say that got a few of you fired up:
"I think we gained a lot more respect fan-wise from being 7-5 than a being 11-2 beating Boise State at Boise State, which to me is an unbelievable win," Patterson told ESPN.com in a recent interview. "To me, that speaks volumes to where we’re at and I think our kids should to understand that, what we’re doing." ...
It's an interesting debate. I'll put my cards on the table: I strongly agree with Patterson's assertion. As for what I saw on the field, I'd say the accomplishments Patterson is noting are about equal, but managing to go 7-5 considering all the personnel losses is what makes it more impressive to me.
"Everybody was wondering how we could handle things on a week to week basis, and I thought we, except for one half of football against Oklahoma State, we felt like we were in every ball game that you had," Patterson said.
Fans noticed, and I've heard from plenty of you who are on board with Patterson's assertion over the past few months.
But let's take a vote. The Frogs went 11-2 in 2011, losing two heartbreakers beginning with an early-season loss in Waco to Baylor, led by eventual Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. A second midseason loss came at the hands of rival SMU on the road in overtime, a team I'd say TCU underestimated a bit. It knocked off Boise and beat a good Louisiana Tech team in the Poinsettia Bowl.
This season, TCU earned big wins against Texas, Baylor and West Virginia, but suffered close losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma before a heartbreaker in the bowl game against Michigan State.
As a Big 12 fan, which season impressed you more? Vote in our poll.