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Max Duggan has been one of the best players in the country in helping TCU get back on the football map (The Associated Press/Reed Hoffman).

 

By Jeff Wilson
Frogs Today senior writer

 

FORT WORTH — This is getting real.

TCU is undefeated, still, at 5-0. The Horned Frogs have climbed to No. 13 in the Associated Press rankings. They don’t have to play at 11 a.m. the next two weeks.

Their quarterback, Max Duggan, is one of the top players in the country through the first six weeks, this after not winning the starting job in fall camp.

And for the second straight week TCU finds itself in one of the few games pitting nationally ranked teams.

Yet, there is a long way to go.

The game Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium (2:30 p.m. Saturday) will take TCU only to the halfway point of its season. After facing No. 8 Oklahoma State, the Frogs will play host to No. 17 Kansas State on Oct. 22 in another important Big 12 game. Then comes a trip to West Virginia, then at home against Texas Tech, then on the road at Texas and Baylor before the finale at home against Iowa State.

They’re all going to be important to some degree, based on how the previous week goes.

Whatever happens, TCU is in a better place than it was a year ago. The spotlight is on the program again, and that might be the best development of all.

Let’s go bowling

Yes, it’s still early, but it’s looking as if TCU will play in a bowl game for the first time since 2018.

The Big 12 has eight bowl tie-ins, including two played locally and two more in Texas. If I’m a player and my holiday schedule is going to be altered, I’d at least want a trip outside of Texas. As a writer who craves hotel points and airline miles, I want that, too.

Here are the bowls:

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Highest-ranked Big 12 team if the champion isn’t in the College Football Playoff, vs. SEC team, Dec. 31, New Orleans Superdome

Valero Alamo Bowl: vs. Pac-12 team, 8 p.m. Dec. 29, Alamodome, San Antonio

Cheez-It Bowl: vs. ACC team, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Mercari Texas Bowl: vs. SEC team, 8 p.m. Dec. 28, NRG Stadium, Houston

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: vs SEC team, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Liberty Stadium

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: vs. Big Ten team, 9:15 p.m. Dec. 27, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: vs. AAC/C-USA/Pac-12 team, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Amon G. Carter Stadium

ServPro First Responder Bowl: vs. ACC/AAC/Pac-12 team, TBA Dec. 27, Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

ICYMI …

For anyone who still has doubts about how thorough Frogs Today is really going to be simply needs to look back at the past week. We covered a lot of bases, even some baseball. We had a team at Kansas, and no one else is covering the nationally ranked women’s soccer team. Here’s our latest content, in case you missed it.

Hair of the Frog: A new dimension

Monday Morning Quarterback: Five. And. Oh. …

… because of Max Duggan

How TCU’s offense is so good

Big-time baseball recruit visits 

What to watch this week

Everyone knows one thing that’s happening Saturday, but it’s not the only thing. Also, Frogs Today TV continues to crank out content that TCU fans can’t get anywhere else. Check it out, too.

Baseball: at Texas Rangers instructional league team, 6 p.m. Friday, Globe Life Field

Cross country: at Arturo Barrios Invitational, 9 a.m. Saturday, College Station

Women’s equestrian: at Delaware State, 8 a.m. Thursday, Dover, Del.; vs. Tennessee-Martin, Thursday TBA, Dover, Del.

Football: vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WFAA/Channel 8)

Women’s soccer: at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN+)

Swimming and diving: at BYU, Thursday-Friday

Men’s tennis: at ITA Texas Regional, Thursday-Sunday, Waco

Women’s tennis: at Florence ITF 25K, Wednesday-Thursday, Florence, S.C.; at SMU Tournament, Friday-Sunday, Dallas; at ITF/TCU 25K, Sunday

Women’s volleyball: at Kansas, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN+); at Kansas State, 6:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN+)

 

The lighter side

These things caught my attention on the internet the past few days. Enjoy.

And you say you can’t work out: The embed speaks for itself. Good for Chris Nikic. Now, get off the couch.

 

Love the enthusiasm: Look at this little girl. She takes the corner with in control, zeroes in on the target, narrows her margin for error, and gives it her all.

She doesn’t have very good coaches, though.

My birthday is coming up: For anyone who wants to get me a present for my birthday Nov. 13, this is high on my list. It should be on everyone’s list.

Bad golf shots: He’ll be back.

 

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Jeff Wilson, jeff@frogstoday.com

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