Football team releases non-conference schedule

Another trip to Norman, Okla., to face the Oklahoma Sooners highlights the Horned Frog football team‘s 2008 non-conference schedule.

“We have a great mix of teams from around Texas and a nationally-ranked opponent in Oklahoma,” head coach Gary Patterson said.

The Sooners are coming off an 11-3 season and a Big 12 Championship. The second half of the home-and-home series will be played in 2012.

The Horned Frogs have won each of their last two games at Oklahoma and are 5-1 over the last three seasons against the Big 12. The teams meet Sept. 27, just before the start of conference play.

The last time the Frogs and the Sooners met, which was each team’s first game of the 2005 story, TCU defeated the then No. 7-ranked Sooners in Norman.

“We are very pleased with our non-conference schedule for the 2008 season,” said Danny Morrison, TCU athletics director. “After opening with two home dates, we’ll have road games at SMU and Oklahoma that are very accessible for our fans to travel.”

The season opener will be at home Sept. 6 against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. It is the first meeting between the two teams.

“TCU is a part of a very tough non-conference schedule we will face in 2008,” said J.C. Harper, head coach of SFA. “They are always a contender for the Mountain West Conference title. The game will be a tough challenge for our team, but we are looking forward to it.”

The Stanford Cardinal will come to Fort Worth the second week of the season Sept. 13. The Horned Frogs won 38-36 in their first meeting last season.

“Having a Pac-10 team in Stanford come to Amon G. Carter Stadium should create a lot of excitement,” Morrison said. “We had a fantastic game with them last year. We believe we’ve put together a very attractive slate that fits our scheduling philosophy.”

The Battle of the Iron Skillet against rival SMU will be held in Dallas, when the Horned Frogs travel to face SMU on Sept. 20. SMU, under new head coach June Jones, looks to even the series as TCU leads it 40-39-7.

The former University of Hawaii head coach, Jones, led Hawaii to its first ever BCS Bowl game this past season where it lost to the University of Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

One notable absentee from the schedule is Baylor. The rivals first played each other in 1899, while both universities were located in Waco. They will not meet again until 2010.

2008 TCU Football Non-Conference Schedule:
Sept. 6 – vs. Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 13 – vs. Stanford
Sept. 20 – at SMU
Sept. 27 – at Oklahoma