TCU Announces 2011 Non-Conference Football Schedule
Feb. 17, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Sept. 3 season opener at Baylor and a Friday, Oct. 28, contest with BYU at Cowboys Stadium on ESPN2 highlights TCU's 2011 non-conference football schedule.
Following an open date Sept. 10, the Rose Bowl-champion Horned Frogs will have three consecutive home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium, currently undergoing a $105 million renovation.
TCU's 2011 home debut will be Sept. 17 versus Louisiana-Monroe. The Horned Frogs will then face Portland State (Sept. 24) and SMU (Oct. 1).
For the second straight year, TCU will play at Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington. After defeating Oregon State 30-21 in last year's season opener, the Horned Frogs will face former Mountain West Conference rival BYU on Friday, Oct. 28.
"We're very excited about our non-conference schedule, especially with being able to maintain some old and new rivalries for us," TCU football coach Gary Patterson said. "Between our home schedule and being able to play BYU at Cowboys Stadium, we're pleased that our fans will have seven opportunities to see us in the Metroplex."
TCU is in its final season in the MWC before joining the Big East Conference in 2012.
The dates of the Horned Frogs' MWC contests will be announced by the league office this spring. TCU will host Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV while traveling to Air Force, Boise State, San Diego State and Wyoming.
TCU won 45-10 over Baylor last season to take a 50-49-7 lead in the all-time series between the ex-Southwest Conference members. TCU has faced Baylor more than any other opponent in its history.
In the battle for the Iron Skillet, the Horned Frogs have defeated SMU in 10 of their last 11 meetings. TCU won 41-24 in Dallas last season.
TCU has won its last three games with BYU, including 31-3 last season in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs were 4-2 against the Cougars in their six years of MWC competition.
TCU will be facing Louisiana-Monroe and Portland State for the first time.
The Horned Frogs return 11 starters from last year's Rose Bowl championship squad that posted a 13-0 record and No. 2 final ranking in season-ending polls by the Associated Press and USA Today.
2011 TCU Non-Conference Football Schedule
Sept. 3 - at Baylor
*Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas