Team preview: TCU

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


It's another year and another new conference for TCU.

As the ninth and newest member of the Mountain West in 2005, the nomadic Horned Frogs are now in their fourth league in the last 10 years: Southwest Conference (1923-95), WAC (1996-2000) and Conference USA (2001-04).

The last couple of moves have worked out well, considering he Frogs own the 17th-best winning percentage in the nation since the start of the 2000 season. TCU is 42-18 over the last five years, a .700 winning percentage that ranks ahead of Florida and Nebraska and just behind Tennessee, Florida State and Auburn.

The Frogs have won three conference championships and three bowl games over the last seven seasons. In the last five years, they have posted three of the school's seven 10-win seasons. TCU didn't have a 10-win season between 1938 and 2000.

Head coach Gary Patterson has collected 32 victories in just four seasons at TCU. He needs two wins to move into the school's all-time top five behind Dutch Meyer (109), Abe Martin (74), Francis Schmidt (47) and Jim Wacker (40). His 32-17 record after 49 games is the best here since Meyer went 34-11-4 from 1934-38.