Can Texas stop the TCU trend? 

Historically, the rivalry series between Texas and Texas Christian University (TCU) has been lopsided. Texas leads the overall series 62-25-1, but TCU has won the last four contests in blowout fashion. Texas last won in 2013, when Mack Brown’s Longhorns marched into Fort Worth and claimed a 30-7 victory, aided by the arm of quarterback Case McCoy, who threw for 228 yards, and running back Malcolm Brown, who powered in for two touchdowns.

Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, TCU has been the most successful program in the state of Texas. Under coach Gary Patterson, the Horned Frogs are 51-27 during that span with two 11-win seasons and one 12-win season in 2014. That year, TCU shared the Big 12 title with Baylor and went on to defeat No. 9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl, 45-3. Texas, on the other hand, is on its third head coach and has posted a 40-36 record during that same stretch. The Longhorns’ two bowl wins (Alamo Bowl in 2012, Texas Bowl in 2017) have both occurred inside the borders of the state of Texas.

This year’s storyline is whether the Longhorns and Horned Frogs can settle down after a big week last week—Texas stuffed Southern Cal in Austin while TCU lost to No. 4 Ohio State in Arlington—and if the Longhorns can reverse course in the rivalry. Even Texas head coach Tom Herman recognizes that the series has been trending in favor of TCU.

“It’s a team that quite frankly has had our program’s number for the last few years,” Herman recently admitted. H&A

Cover photo courtesy TCU Athletics 

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