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.
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 Follow me on Twitter @FollowtheFrogs
This year's Texas-Texas A&M football game in College Station will again get a prime-time television slot on Thanksgiving night. The game will be televised by ESPN at 7 p.m.
Last season's game in Austin was played on Thanksgiving and on ESPN for the first time since 1993. Texas A&M holds a 9-1 edge in Thanksgiving games against the Longhorns that are televised by the network.
"I am hopeful we can continue to keep this game on Thanksgiving for many years to come, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said.