The Big 12 featured some of college football's best games in 2015.
TCU's improbable win at Texas Tech was just one of several contests that proved memorable in 2015. We'll take a look at some of those signature games of 2015 along with a early glance at one game that could make memories in 2016.
Today we continue the series with TCU.
Best game of 2015
It's not easy to single out a game above the rest for Gary Patterson's team. A double overtime win over Baylor in a monsoon. A second half road comeback against Kansas State. A thrilling comeback in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon.
None of those games were better than TCU's unbelievable 55-52 win over Texas Tech. There was a moment in time, as the ball careened towards the back of the end zone, when all was lost for TCU. But running back Aaron Green came from nowhere to grab the tipped pass off Josh Doctson's fingertips and got a foot down in the end zone to transform a potential loss into a victory.
Green's improbable catch was the cherry on top of a game which saw TCU and Texas Tech combine for 1,357 total yards and 14 offensive touchdowns. Trevone Boykin and Patrick Mahomes went toe-to-toe as neither team took a double digit lead at any point. Green's catch is the lasting memory but Doctson had the game of his life, carrying the Horned Frogs' offense with 18 receptions for 257 yards and three touchdowns. TCU played a lot of great games in 2015 but its win in Lubbock left a lasting memory.
Game to look forward to in 2016
TCU's return to McLane Stadium should be another notch on the belt of the Revivalry.
Baylor and TCU have played two of the best Big 12 games during the past two seasons. The 2014 meeting was a high-scoring, explosive affair that ended with a Baylor fourth-quarter comeback and season-defining win. The 2015 matchup was played during a torrential downpour that limited two of the Big 12's top offenses and turned into a battle of wills. Neither team backed down and the game was decided when Boykin accounted for a pair of touchdowns in overtime and the Horned Frogs' defense stuffed the Bears on 4th-and-1 in double overtime.
We should expect more of the same in 2016 with Baylor and TCU continuing to recruit well, Art Briles and Gary Patterson at the helm of their respective programs, bragging rights on the line and, most likely, a Big 12 title within reach for both teams.
The Revivalry hasn't let us down the past two years. And there's no reason to think it won't live up to the hype in 2016.