GLENDALE, Ariz. — Who will run the Large 12 when Oklahoma and Texas leap ship — probably as quickly as 2024 — for the greener pastures of the SEC?
That simply may be Texas Christian College, a college whose total alumni base seemingly might match inside Texas’ 100,000-seat Darrell Okay. Royal Stadium.
After the Horned Frogs beat Michigan 51-45 within the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday to seal a berth within the nationwide championship sport, that appears downright seemingly.
The win makes TCU the primary program from Texas to play for a nationwide title for the reason that Longhorns misplaced to Alabama within the BCS Championship sport on Jan. 7, 2010. On that day, present TCU quarterback Max Duggan was a few months shy of turning 9 years previous and the Horned Frogs performed within the Mountain West Convention. You may guess the recruiting affect can be felt throughout the talent-rich state, the place children who grew up desirous to be Colt McCoy will now faux to be Duggan, who battled again in opposition to Michigan throughout a wildly entertaining second half.
TCU gamers rejoice after their 51-45 victory over Michigan within the Fiesta Bowl.USA TODAY Sports activities
“I believe it’s a game-changer fairly frankly,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes mentioned earlier than the sport was performed. “I believe that’s all people’s message. … There’s already a excessive stage of curiosity from some actually good gamers throughout Texas and throughout the nation, and I believe that is going to do nothing however improve our means to go and recruit among the finest soccer gamers within the nation.
“Clearly, when you can too promote the face that, look we’re going to have a chance to play for a nationwide championship, that’s actually all you may ask for. I believe that’s going to be an enormous feather in our cap.”
With the CFP set to broaden after yet one more four-team run subsequent yr, the premium on spots will not be restricted to the SEC and Large Ten, each of which have gotten a number of groups in throughout the four-team mannequin on the expense of the Pac-12 and Large 12. Abruptly, being a college that may recruit the talent-rich Dallas Fort-Price space, can persistently win in a weakened Large 12 and simply had one of the best season in program historical past appears a gorgeous proposition.
That’s an unlikely place for a program that drifted within the wilderness after the Southwest Convention’s dissolution. Twenty-five years in the past, TCU had a 1-10 file within the Western Athletic Convention, with losses to New Mexico, Texas-El Paso and Rice. Three conferences later, the Horned Frogs are in place to change into a nationwide energy.
“I believe in a number of methods, TCU — clearly earlier than I used to be there, actually earlier than any of those gamers have been there — it’s at all times been a battle for credibility,” Dykes mentioned earlier than the sport.
After this victory, that battle is finished and dusted.