Team preview: TCU

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)


It was supposed to be the Year of TCU, a season in which the Horned Frogs returned to the glory years of Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien and competed for the national championship. By all accounts, they were the best of the non-BCS teams and a win at Texas in early September and watch out, TCU was going to run the table.

Yes, we're exaggerating a little. No one really expected the Frogs to win the national title. Blue Ribbon had them 19th in the preseason rankings, but there was legitimate talk of TCU being a stronger team top to bottom than Boise State was in 2006. And who knows, maybe it was that first day of fall camp.

It just never happened for the Frogs, who had entered 2007 having won at least 10 games in four of five seasons. They were more competitive than the 34-13 final at Texas indicated, but they lost in overtime to Air Force the following week before later succumbing to Wyoming, Utah and BYU.