TCU wasn't even supposed to be in this position (until Boise State lost to Nevada, thanks to Kyle Brotzman missing two easy field goals). Now look at the Horned Frogs. They are Rose Bowl champions, defeating Big 10 powerhouse Wisconsin 21-19.
This game was for all the underdogs and non FBS schools that no one even wanted in any BCS games, and TCU certainly made a good argument for all of them.
The game started off with Wisconsin methodically driving down the field on TCU, but the Horned Frogs eventually held the Badgers to a field goal. Next, to everyone's surprise TCU quarterback Andy Dalton led them to a quick score. Fast forwarding to the fourth quarter, Wisconsin is down 21-13 and they run it down TCU's throat to a score.
Then, the play of the game was TCU linebacker Tank Carder batting down Scott Tolzien's pass which was heading to a wide open receiver which would've tied the game at 21. Carder was the Rose Bowl Defensive MVP, while Andy Dalton obviously won the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP. Carder said about TCU winning this game even though they were a non AQ school, " All the critics don't feel like the non-AQ should have a shot. ..."But I feel that TCU has proven we can play with the best of them. Definitely taking this win back to Fort Worth... I feel like we came in here and made a statement today."
TCU showed true grit and determination in this win over Wisconsin. This David vs Goliath matchup didn't have the high scoring shootout like Boise State vs Oklahoma a few years ago, but TCU didn't have to resort to all the trick plays the Broncos ran against Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs played the same type of team as them in Wisconsin, a team built around a great defense and explosive offense. I believe the 2010 TCU performance was more complete then Boise State in 2006.
Looking at the Horned Frogs schedule next season, they will have a tough test against new Mountain West conference team Boise State. In the end though, I see TCU running the table again next season. Gary Patterson has brought TCU back to what they were in the mid 1900's an NCAA powerhouse.
TCU now has put pressure on the media to vote them preseason number one coming into the 2011-2012 season. Even without Andy Dalton next season, TCU will still be a great team moving forward into the future. One thing comes to mind now about TCU Horned Frogs football, this program has shed it's tag as an underdog and now they're NCAA football Goliaths.