Coach Gary Patterson has taken the TCU Horned Frogs into the spotlight, and the nation shouldn't have any trouble monitoring the team as they'll open the 2010 season at Cowboys Stadium and will have two nationally televised games in September.
After months of speculation, the Horned Frogs will open their 2010 campaign against the Oregon State Beavers on Sat., Sept 4. The game will be held at the Dallas Cowboys' 80,000-seat stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will be broadcast nationally at 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN.
It will be the first meeting between the schools. TCU, which earned an at-large BCS bid to the Fiesta Bowl last season, won the Mountain West Conference championship with a 12-1 record. Patterson boasts an 83-27 record since taking over as the program's coach in 2000.
TCU normally plays its games at Amon G. Carter Stadium, which seats 44,008. The Horned Frogs broke the stadium's attendance record last season by drawing 50,407 for their matchup against Utah.
All four of the Horned Frogs' nonconference games released Monday will be played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with their longest road trip coming against cross-town rival SMU on Fri., Sept. 24. That game, also to be broadcast nationally on ESPN, will be TCU's first regular-season game on a Friday since 2004.
TCU's nonconference schedule also includes home games against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 11) and Baylor (Sept. 18). The Mountain West schedule will be released later this spring.
With games against Oregon State and Baylor, the Horned Frogs will have an opportunity to impove on their impressive record against schools from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences -- TCU is 13-3 in its last 16 games against those opponents.