The first full week of the college football season is less than a week away! Fans are already firing up the grills for tailgating or for watching the game at home with friends. Regardless of what it is, everybody is excited for football to finally be back.
TCU’s first opponent is Jackson State University, an FCS team.
Jackson State finished the 2016 season with a record of 3-8. The Tigers had a whole new coaching staff last year as it was the first season for their head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator.
This most likely will not be a particularly challenging game for the Horned Frogs, but it will allow 16th-year head coach Gary Patterson a chance to see the team in action against a real opponent. Plus the fans will be happy seeing their boys play again.
TCU has enjoyed some success in the past few years, as well as some failures. A couple years ago, the Horned Frogs were one game away from a College Football Playoff berth in the inaugural year of the playoff. The next year, TCU finished the season 11-2 with a miracle 31-point comeback in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. Last season the Frogs did not see as much success, as they finished 6-7. It was a disappointing year, but Patterson’s Horned Frogs do not stay down forever.
The game against Jackson State will be the first chance to see how the team has improved as a whole, as well as individual player improvements. Fans are hoping quarterback Kenny Hill will improve on the mistakes he made last year and he the type of quarterback he was a few seasons against at Texas A&M.
TCU kicks off the season Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth. It will be televised on Fox.