Trying to establish a new tradition, coach Gary Patterson and TCU have done a "Frog Walk" before every home game. Just as many college teams do elsewhere, the players and staff walk together through the tailgate scene/campus to the stadium. It may be fun. It may be a way to connect with fans. It was also new, and thus far at the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Frog Walk has yielded ... nothing.
"I'm superstitious. We may cut that out," Gary Patterson said Tuesday.
Why? Despite playing in a wonderfully renovated stadium, the team has been dramatically better on the road than at home. There is a very good chance that all of TCU's wins in the Big 12 will have come on the road, and not a one will be at home.
Here's the breakdown so far:
TCU home Big 12
Oct. 6 v. Iowa State, L 37-23
Oct. 20 v. No. 17 Texas Tech, L 56-53 (3 ot)
Nov. 10 v. No. 1 Kansas State, L 23-10
Dec. 1 v. No. 11 Oklahoma
TCU away Big 12
Oct. 13 at Baylor, W 49-21
Oct. 27 at Okie State, L 36-14
Nov. 3 at No. 21 West Virginia, W 39-38 (2 ot)
Nov. 22 at No. 16 Texas, W 20-13
The Oklahoma Sooners are favored by 6.5 points to win Saturday. If that holds, TCU would finish a conference home record without a win for the first time in what seems like forever.
"It's never happened while I've been here," Patterson said.
The last time TCU finished without a home win in a conference schedule was 1986, when the Frogs finished 3-8 overall, 1-7 in the Southwest Conference under coach Jim Wacker. Their lone conference win that season was 30-14 at Houston on Nov. 1.
"If you don't win at home, you'll never win a championship," Patterson said.
TCU's first season in the Big 12 has to be classified a success. All things considered -- a new conference, the February drug bust, the departure of quarterback Casey Pachall and the need to start Trevone Boykin, relying on so many freshman to play -- this was a good year.
And the Frogs got their biggest win of this season Thanksgiving night in Austin, defeating bitter rival Texas 20-13.
Yet, it would be just a little bizarre to finish a season with so much promise without at least one home Big 12 win.