Saturday, December 1, 2012
Big opportunity for Big (12) impact for Frogs
By David Ubben
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson joked that he faced an interesting "dilemma" this season when the Frogs hosted his alma mater, Kansas State. The 9-0 Wildcats were in the national title hunt, and TCU had the opportunity to play the role of spoiler.
They didn't get the win, but Patterson's Frogs get another chance to play spoiler in the Big 12's early game under an overcast sky on a warm December day at the brand-new Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU has gone winless here in three Big 12 games this season, its first in the league, and it hasn't won a home game since Sept. 22.
Still, the senior day crowd in Fort Worth could see the Big 12 title decided with a Frogs win. The Big 12 will present the Sooners a trophy if they win, but if TCU springs the upset, Patterson will have secured a Big 12 title and a BCS bid for his alma mater in Manhattan. Along the way, he'll have a home win against a top 15 team to close his first season in the Big 12, and an eighth win in an injury-riddled season for a young team.
The Sooners secure a share of a Big 12 title with a win in the noon ET kickoff game, but would need a Kansas State loss Saturday to make it an outright title, the Sooners' eighth in league history. More good news for the Sooners? Northern Illinois beat No. 17 Kent State in the MAC title game on Friday night, so the coast looks clear for OU to clinch another BCS bid with a win today. The Golden Flashes likely would have stolen a bid (because of BCS rules) if they'd beaten the Huskies and slipped into the top 16 in the BCS, ahead of an unranked Big East champion.
The stage is set. Both teams have a lot to play for. I'll be here all day (along with SoonerNation's Jake Trotter) bringing you live coverage on Twitter and more on the blog after the game.