NCAAF Bettors Guide to TCU vs. Texas Rivalry

Megan Rochester

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:53 PM GMT

We preview the Thursday Night rivalry matchup between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Longhorns. What as at stake in this battle, and who do we predict to come out on top?

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Rejection can do a lot to a person, so imagine what it can do to a team and their fanbase.

The TCU Horned Frogs were the lone rival to the Texas Longhorns for nearly 70 years when the Southwest Conference was still around.

When the SWC disbanded in 1996, the Longhorns were invited to join the Big 12 Conference while TCU watched bitterly from the sideline for 16 years in a much less admirable conference. Their anger grew and grew, but so did their football program.

Little did they know that a their 1998 defensive coordinator hire, Gary Patterson, would eventually become their golden ticket to the big leagues. Patterson moved into head coaching position just two years after he was hired. Named Nation’s Top Coach by Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine, Patterson has brought in 120 victories and seen 14 bowl games in his 16 years at TCU.

When the 2012 season arrived in the Big 12 Conference, so did TCU. And they came looking for revenge against their old adversary. On that Thanksgiving Day two years ago, TCU surprised the nation, spanking the Longhorns on their home turf and covering their 8.5 spread as the underdogs.

“As TCU fans we already really hate Texas, but I sometimes feel that Longhorns still look at us as their annoying little brother that just gets in the way… A rivalry requires a lot of dislike, but also an equal amount of respect coming from both universities. I think it'll take years of TCU continuing to beat UT before the Longhorns begin respecting TCU and allowing a true rivalry to form,” Mr. TCU,  Taylor Baker, in 2013 season.

Sorry, Mr. TCU, but we don’t think that will be the case after the game this year. The Horned Frogs are currently ranked No. 5 in the playoff rankings, No. 6 in the AP Top 25 rankings, No. 5 in the USA Today rankings, No. 7 in the ESPN Power Rankings… and, well, you get the picture. They have only one loss going into this game and are currently standing in the No. 2 spot in the Big 12 Conference.

The Longhorns are under a first year head coach, not listed in any rankings, and still looking for a way to become bowl eligible this year. Will it be enough motivation for an upset on the mighty Horned Frogs on Thursday? We will have to wait and see.

Little bro TCU has grown up and gotten stronger. They can confidently take on Big brother UT in this game. If this game turns out the way we think it will, this could be the year that TCU establishes itself as one of the finest football programs in the nation, and a true rivalry will be born. 

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