The 2011 TCU football schedule, which has been a source of rumors and speculation the last month, is close to being finalized.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said contracts still need to be signed but added the Horned Frogs schedule is close to completion. Del Conte declined to discuss potential opponents but sources inside the program have said the Frogs will host Louisiana-Monroe and Portland State at Amon G. Carter Stadium and play BYU at Cowboys Stadium Friday, Oct. 28. ESPN would likely broadcast the BYU game.
TCU was forced to scramble to fill two home games when Texas Tech backed out of a Sept. 10 game in Fort Worth in early January. Two weeks later the Mountain West Conference board of directors voted to move the Frogs' league game with Boise State, which was originally scheduled to be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium, to Boise, Idaho.
“I think you turn it right around and say if you want to win championships you have to win on the road,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said last week. “It’s just another challenge. No matter what, we’ll be a better football team because of it whether we win or lose at Boise. That’s the way we’ll approach it because if I don’t make excuses then my kids won’t make excuses. Our fans shouldn’t make excuses. They should go buy their tickets right now and try to be at the ballgame and support us and go about our business.”
Of course, fans can't yet make plans to attend the game in Boise because the exact date hasn’t been announced. The game has been rumored to be scheduled for the last week of league play, perhaps Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Star-Telegram’s source for the schedule seems to be in step with a source that told Spitbloodtcu.com, a Frogs’ fan site, the same nonconference schools.
Here’s my prediction on TCU’s 2011 schedule. The nonconference dates are from a reliable source, but the MWC dates are my best guesses, including the second bye week.
DISCLAIMER:This is not an official TCU football schedule.
Sept. 3 at Baylor
Sept. 10 bye
Sept. 17 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 24 Portland State
Oct. 1 SMU
Oct. 8 Colorado State
Oct. 15 at Air Force
Oct. 22 UNLV
Oct. 28 BYU (at Cowboys Stadium)
Nov. 5 bye
Nov. 12 at San Diego State
Nov. 19 at Wyoming
Nov. 26 New Mexico
Dec. 3 at Boise State
-- Stefan Stevenson
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