- David Ubben, College Football
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TCU has already shown that it's not afraid to schedule big-time opponents in nonconference play, even after joining the Big 12. Signing up to face LSU in Cowboys Stadium this season is one good example, but Big 12 membership means anything but signing up to play a schedule full of FCS teams.
The Frogs announced plans to play a home-and-home against Minnesota, coached by Gary Patterson's close friend and the best man at his wedding, Jerry Kill. The Frogs will host the Golden Gophers next season before traveling to Minneapolis in 2015.
Minnesota's not LSU, but the Frogs already have an annual series against SMU that will continue and they played Virginia last year. This game is a replacement for LSU, which TCU agreed to play just once on a neutral field this season after originally signing up for a home-and-home in 2013 and 2014.
Good move for the Frogs. Those are both likely games they should win, but the Gophers are far from a cupcake. TCU also has a home-and-home against Arkansas scheduled for 2015 and 2016.
4hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
1dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney