But when the TCU coach returns for the first time in three decades on Saturday, he’ll not only be trying to deal Snyder a defeat, but also do the same to his alma mater.
Alongside fifth-ranked Baylor, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 18 Oklahoma State, it’s unranked Texas (5-2, 4-0) that can take sole possession of first place over the idle Bears with a win at home Saturday against Kansas.
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall never knew for sure if he was going to play for the first time since breaking his non-throwing arm seven weeks ago.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson says teams go through cycles and that he has no doubt where the Frogs are headed in the Big 12.
Too many turnovers. Too many penalties. Not enough touchdowns. No wonder coach Gary Patterson was so disappointed in TCU in its 20-10 loss to Texas Tech on Thursday night.
TCU has been to Texas Tech only once since the old SWC disbanded. The Frogs went from a three-touchdown lead to the most lopsided loss in coach Gary Patterson’s 13 seasons.
While either Casey Pachall or Trevone Boykin will have to take the first snap for the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs against No. 12 LSU, Patterson is now throwing out the possibility of both being on the field Saturday night.
While they had their lowest victory total in eight seasons and went without a league title for the first time in four years, the Frogs still made a notable adjustment to their new conference.
TCU said that linebacker Joel Hasley has left the team. Hasley is the second expected starter to quit the Horned Frogs since they opened practice last week.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year.
TCU has signed two of the top high school running backs from Texas to national letters of intent.
Texas Christian dominated Michigan State’s offense in the first half by bottling up Le’Veon Bell. Once the Spartans’ bruising running back got going, the Horned Frogs had no way of stopping him.