How rare is TCU's Top 25 opener?
September, 4, 2010
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
Here's a remarkable stat provided by the top-notch TCU media relations department:
Tonight's game featuring the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs against the No. 24 Oregon State Beavers at Cowboys Stadium (6:45 p.m., ESPN) marks just the second time in TCU's history that the Frogs and their opponent have both been ranked in the season opener.
The only other occasion was in 1952, when the ninth-ranked Frogs lost a 13-0 decision at No. 17 Kansas.
While tonight's game is important for both programs, the pressure is squarely on the Frogs. Oregon State can leave Arlington with a loss and know that it can still win the Pac-10 and earn a spot in the Rose Bowl, one of the four BCS games. However, a loss by the Frogs, by virtue of playing in a non-automatic qualifying conference, would practically eliminate them from a second consecutive trip to a BCS game.