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Virginia Game Provides National Forum for TCU

In the comment Virginia Coach Al Groh made at the top of this morning’s notebook about the Virginia-Texas Christian game, he added that the Horned Frogs were a successful program, but one that most people in the Northeast would not recognize.

In one respect, that was why Texas Christian Coach Gary Patterson was so excited that his athletic director scheduled the home-and-home series. It is difficult for TCU to get BCS teams to return to Fort Worth, like Virginia will do in 2012. The Horned Frogs play at Clemson on Sept. 26, and Patterson cited that as a guaranteed-money road game for TCU.

“Just to be able to go on the East Coast and get in front of more TV sets, I think that's the biggest thing,” Patterson said. “We talk about the Mountain West and exposure. The east has a lot more TV sets.”

Saturday’s game is on ESPNU, and if TCU is as good as advertised and Virginia as poor as it appeared on Saturday, viewers will be introduced to one of the nation’s top program this decade. Consider:

Best Records Since 2005
1. USC………...46-6
2. Texas………..45-7
3. Boise State…..44-8
4. Ohio State……43-8
5. Florida……….43-9
6. West Virginia...42-9
7. TCU………….41-10
8. LSU………….42-11
8T Oklahoma……42-11

Best Records Since 2000
1. Boise State……..98-17
2. Texas…………..97-18
3. Oklahoma………102-19
4. USC…………….93-22
5. Ohio State………91-23
6. Georgia…………90-26
7. LSU…………….90-27
8. Virginia Tech…..89-29
9. Florida…………87-29
10. TCU……………83-28


Certainly, Saturday’s game will be important for the Mountain West Conference, which could at least present the argument of being superior to some BCS conferences. In this week’s top 25, three Mountain West teams are among the top 17 (BYU, No. 9; TCU, No. 16; Utah, No. 17). The Big East has only Cincinnati in the top 25, and the Bearcats are ranked No. 23. The Big Ten has Ohio State and Penn State in the top 10, but no one else in the rankings. And the ACC has four teams in the rankings, but none better than No. 14.

By Zach Berman  |  September 9, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
 | Tags: Football  
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