Both No. 17 TCU and resurgent Texas, two of the top teams in the Big 12, look to put the immediate past behind them when they square off to open their conference seasons on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The Horned Frogs (2-1) are still smarting from mistakes made in a 40-28 loss to No. 4 Ohio State last week in a neutral site contest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They want desperately to clean that taste out of their mouths.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was quick to say after the defeat that his team was already moving on to preparations for the Longhorns, and that he thought beating Texas would ultimately carry more weight since it’s a league game.
TCU defensive end Ben Banogu said he and his teammates quickly dispatched the loss to the Buckeyes and are focused on the Longhorns, a team that’s always easy to get up for even when they’re not among the elite of college football.
“One of the things that coach preaches to us is that things are going to go good and things are going to go bad, but it’s how we react from that,” Banogu said.
“For us, it’s a new week and a new opponent and we are going to make sure that we are ready for this upcoming game. We are looking forward to playing [Texas] — it’s something I am excited about.”
Texas (2-1) upset No. 22 Southern California 37-14 at home last week behind a run of 34 unanswered points, but the Longhorns are determined not to let that victory go to their heads.
Texas coach Tom Herman did say the win gave the Longhorns some much-needed swagger.
“There’s a lot of things that come from winning a game like that that are positive for your program and positive for the psychology of your players,” Herman said. “We’ve been so close for so long that to finally break through the close barrier and actually finish gives us energy and some validation of the fact that the way we do things will and can lead to success.”
The fact that TCU has owned the Longhorns over the past four seasons — beating them by an average of 30 points per game — helped Texas forget about the Trojans and focus on the Frogs.
Since Mack Brown’s final year as coach in 2013, Texas has defeated every team in the Big 12 … except TCU. Herman shrugged off the Horned Frogs’ recent domination.
“The motivation of the previous four — it’s inconsequential,” Herman said. “I don’t think there is a guy on this team (that thinks about that). They care about this year and they care about this week and they care about going 1-0 this week and that’s all the motivation they need, really.”
Texas and TCU are meeting for the 89th time, with the Longhorns holding a 62-25-1 advantage. Texas owns a 33-14-1 all-time edge against the Horned Frogs in Austin, although the Longhorns’ most recent victory there was in 2007.
The Longhorns won 24 straight meetings from 1968-91, while the Horned Frogs’ current four-game streak is tied for their longest ever against Texas.
–Field Level Media