DALLAS — It was day one of Big 12 Media Days at the Omni Hotel in Dallas and the whole cast of characters were out in full force. This marks the unofficial kickoff to college football season. And for the Big 12, it's a season they hope ends better than the last.
“This year has been interesting, challenging,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “It certainly was a wild football season last year and ended in a way that was hard for us to accept.”
Yeah, the sting of having both TCU and Baylor snubbed from the first-ever College Football Playoff is still fresh. And it has TCU coach Gary Patterson wary going into the season as the conference favorites
“After last year, I don't feel confident about anything,” Coach Patterson said.
Hey, can you blame him? But still there's no denying how far these Frogs have come!
“Now going into our fourth season in the Big 12, just the difference in the two‑year turnaround, walking up here last year 4‑8, changed offenses, 12‑1,” said the Frogs coach. “For me, many of you that know me, it's about standing in between the lines, not getting too high or too low, either way. So, a year ago you had to prove people wrong. This year, you have to prove people right. “
One guy saddled with those lofty expectations is Trevone Boykin. This time last year he didn't even know if he'd be starting. Now he's a Heisman candidate!
“I’ve been telling people all day, you just have to be comfortable in your own skin,” the TCU quarterback said. “Don’t try to be bigger than the team. Don’t try to be bigger than anybody else, just be one of those guys. I’m just a small piece to the puzzle.”
Well, if the Horned Frogs can put that puzzle together, they just might have what it takes to finish their rise to the top this year and bring a National Championship home to the Metroplex.