The TCU Horned Frogs have announced their 2013 football schedule, and it looks like a good one.
The 2013 TCU football schedule features a showcase game against the LSU Tigers in the Dallas Cowboys stadium to open the new season. This is a bold move by the Horned Frogs to prove that they are the real deal, ready to be thought of as a big-time football program.
A win against LSU to kick off the season would propel TCU into the season with a wave of momentum that could take them pretty far into the season before losing a game. The Horned Frogs will then play the FCS Southeastern Louisiana Lions in week two before traveling to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in week three, and non-conference play concludes with a game against the SMU Mustangs in week four.
The non-conference schedule of LSU, SMU and whoever the Southeastern Louisiana Lions are is a satisfactory out-of-conference schedule. Playing two Division I opponents, one of which who will most likely be a top-25 team, allows TCU to face a less-than-stellar team such as the Lions.
However, with that being said, it’s a trap. It is never a good thing to assume a win is automatic. Coming from one tough matchup against the Sooners, TCU will have to be careful not to stumble against a lowly Kansas team.
After the stretch of marquee matchups and trap games, the Horned Frogs should be weary of facing Oklahoma State and the Texas Longhorns on two consecutive Saturdays.
Both OSU and Texas could really mess things up for the Horned Frogs. Texas especially could cause problems, getting them after they have been worn down by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who look to be one of the stronger teams in the conference for 2013.
The only real complaint I have with this schedule in terms of strength is that two of its three bye weeks are in the final three weeks of the season, which could hurt the Horned Frogs in rankings at the end of the season.
I’m giving TCU’s 2013 schedule strength an A-. The non-conference schedule is above-average, and the layout of the conference schedule could give the team fits. Add in the bye week situation, and you have a team battle-tested by tough competition with little rest until the final three weeks of the season.