TCU baseball will play 23 games against 2011 NCAA tournament teams, and 11 games against Big 12 teams, in its 54-game 2012 schedule. The season opens Feb. 17 with a three-game series against Mississippi at Lupton Stadium. TCU, competing in the Mountain West for the last time, plays each conference opponent six times, with three at home and three on the road. The MWC tournament is May 24-27 in Las Vegas.
TCU's 2012 Baseball Schedule All times are p.m.; * denotes Mountain West game Date(s), Opponent, Time(s) Feb. 17-19, Mississippi, 6:30, 2, 1 Feb. 21, at Baylor, 4:05 Feb. 24-26, at Cal State Fullerton, 9, 8, 1 Feb. 28, Texas State, 6:30 March 2-4, Oklahoma State, 6:30, 2, 1 March 6, Baylor, 6:30 March 9-11, Texas Tech, 6:30, 2, 1 March 13, at UTSA, 6 March 16-18, at UNLV*, 8:05, 4:05, 3:05 March 20, at Texas State, 6:30 March 23-25, atNew Mexico*, 7, 3, 2 March 27, at UT Arlington, TBA March 30-April 1, UNLV*, 6:30, 2, 1 April 3, Dallas Baptist, 6:30 April 5-7, UNC Wilmington, 6:30, 6:30, 2 April 11, UT Arlington, 6:30 April 13-15, Air Force*, 6:30, 4, 1 April 17, Louisiana-Monroe, 6:30 April 20-22, at San Diego State*, 8, 8, 1 April 24, Texas A&M, 6:30 April 27-29, Manhattan, 6:30, 4, 1 May 1, Oklahoma, 6:30 May 4-6, New Mexico*, 6:30, 4, 1 May 11-13, at Air Force*, 4, 2, 1 May 15, at Oklahoma, TBA May 18-20, San Diego State*, 6:30, 4, 1 May 24-27, MWC Tournament (Las Vegas), TBA
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte confirmed the Horned Frogs’ 2012 Big East Conference opponents Wednesday. He also confirmed TCU will host Grambling Sept. 8 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It will likely be the home opener at the renovated stadium, but confirmed dates for the other home games are not official yet. Here’s a look at TCU’s 2012 opponents: Home Grambling (Sept. 8), Virginia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida Away SMU, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse
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TCU's Sept. 24 home game against Portland State has been moved from 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the Horned Frogs Friday, Sept. 30 home game against SMU has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m. The SMU-TCU game will be televised on CBS Sports Network, not ESPN, which carried the game last season at SMU. The changes were prompted by the ongoing construction at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a prepared release that "we will still be in the midst of construction, we need to move the games to the daytime to make it easier to manage traffic, parking and movement in and out of the stadium"
The Frogs will play three night games in 2011, including the season opener at Baylor at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. TCU will also play at 9:30 p.m. (Central) at San Diego State Oct. 8 (following the SMU game) and against BYU at Cowboys Stadium at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Both the Baylor and BYU games will be televised on ESPN.
The Mountain West Conference released game times and television broadcast information for the 2011 season Thursday. A start time for TCU's opener at Baylor Sept. 3 is still to be determined, as is which television network will broadcast the game. The start time for the Week 2 showdown at Air Force is still unsettled, but the MWC says it will be at either 2:30 or 6:30 and shown on the Versus Network. The rest of the Horned Frogs' schedule details are known, which include at least four night games. The Frogs will host SMU at 7 p.m. Sept. 30, which is a Friday. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 1. The Frogs beat SMU in University Park on a Friday in 2010. The following week TCU plays at San Diego State at 9:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The Frogs potentially caught a break with two day games in consecutive weeks at Wyoming and Boise State Nov. 5 and 12. Those games start at 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively. TCU concludes the season with a 1:30 p.m. meeting with UNLV Dec. 3 at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU’s complete 2011 football schedule was released Thursday by the Mountain West Conference, for what will be the Frogs’ last season in the league.
Contrary to rumors and prevailing thought, TCU will travel for a showdown at Boise State Nov. 12, not the final week of the regular season. Another curve ball thrown by the MWC: TCU’s request for an open date Sept. 10 was denied. Instead, the Frogs will travel to Air Force for their conference opener. TCU edged the Falcons 20-17 in Colorado in 2009.
TCU will have two bye weeks – Oct. 15 before hosting New Mexico and Nov. 26 before hosting UNLV in the regular-season finale. Every Frogs’ game falls on a Saturday, except their Friday, Oct. 28 game against BYU at Cowboys Stadium.
One of TCU's toughest games is Oct. 8 at San Diego State. The Aztecs (9-4, 5-3 in MWC in 2010) have a bye the week before. TCU will be coming off three home games. Boise State was given a Week 2 bye after it opens against Georgia at the Georgia Dome Sept. 3. It will be the Broncos first season in the MWC after playing for years in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State plays at UNLV the week before hosting TCU. TCU and Boise State last met in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2009 season. The Broncos won 17-10. Air Force is the lone MWC team with a bye in the final week. Boise finishes at home against New Mexico, San Diego State hosts Fresno State (which joins the MWC in 2012 along with Nevada from the WAC) in a nonconference season finale and TCU hosts UNLV.
-- Stefan Stevenson
TCU 2011 Schedule
at Air Force
at San Diego State
BYU* (at Cowboys Stad.), 7 p.m.
at Boise State
* -- On ESPN2; Other game times and television coverage will be released at a later date.
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
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Seven of Texas A&M's 12 games next season will be played at Kyle Field, including four of the Aggies' first five contests. Next season also marks the renewal of the series with former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas. The Aggies and Razorbacks will play on Oct. 3 at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Other non-conference opponents include New Mexico, Utah State and UAB. The complete schedule is below:
Sept. 5 New Mexico Kyle Field Sept. 19 Utah State Kyle Field Sept. 26 UAB Kyle Field Oct. 3 Arkansas Arlington Oct. 10 Oklahoma St. Kyle Field Oct. 17 at Kansas St. Manhattan, Kan. Oct. 24 at Texas Tech Lubbock Oct. 31 Iowa State Kyle Field Nov. 7 at Colorado Boulder, Co. Nov. 14 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Nov. 21 Baylor Kyle Field Nov. 26 Texas (ESPN) Kyle Field
The Mean Green men's basketball team opens the 2008-09 season at home against Division II Cameron in its former venue, the Snake Pit, on Nov. 14. UNT’s regular arena, the Super Pit, is booked that day for another event. UNT played at the Snake Pit from 1950-73.
UNT will use the Super Pit the rest of the season, including Dec. 6 against New Mexico State. UNT has road games at Oklahoma State (Nov. 17), Indiana State (Nov. 23) and Houston (Nov. 29). Sun Belt Conference play starts Dec. 18 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Notre Dame obviously missed a chance to help this season's team by not scheduling Army (3-7). The Irish have lost to the two other service academies the last two weeks. Oh, and there's two other teams Notre Dame could add to the schedule -- the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Both are Division III teams. The Irish might be favored in both of those games.