- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Who says non-AQ schools never travel? TCU has sold out its allotment of 20,000 tickets to the Rose Bowl and is looking for more because of heavy demand.
It is a no-brainer, of course, that Horned Frogs fans should be asking for tickets in droves. No. 3 TCU is set to face No. 5 Wisconsin on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., representing not only itself but non-AQ schools everywhere. In fact, a very informal poll of a handful of athletes gathered in Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards said this game was the one they were most interested in watching outside of the national championship game because they wanted to see how a non-AQ team would fare against the Big Ten.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said earlier in the week, "I think for us to keep climbing the mountain, we need to (win). We’re not going there just to play well."
In other TCU news, WR/KR/PR JeremyKerley was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, which will be presented to the most versatile athlete in college football. Stanford LB/FB Owen Marecic and Kentucky WR/QB Randall Cobb also are finalists. The winner will be selected after bowl season.
Also, safety Tejay Johnson and center Jake Kirkpatrick were selected to the first-team Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team, the first time TCU has had two members on the first team in the same year. Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Award as well, given to the nation's best center.