We're continuing our series today looking at the "most important" game of the year for each team in the Big 12.
I have my own opinions on that for every team, but I'll ask the fans what they think first before I weigh in on what game I'd pick and why.
You can define "important" in a number of ways, which is why this exercise should be intriguing.
Let's have a closer look at the next team up on our list: TCU.
vs. LSU in Cowboys Stadium, Aug. 31: Devonte Fields' suspension for this game has taken some of the air out of TCU's balloon, but nothing would announce TCU's arrival in 2013 like a win here. There's a decent shot "College GameDay" will be in town for this one, and it could be a pair of top 15 teams. Additionally, nothing endears you to Big 12 fans like beating an SEC team, especially a good SEC team like LSU.
at Oklahoma, Oct. 5: The Frogs nearly knocked off OU in Fort Worth last season, a win that would have denied the Sooners a share of their eighth Big 12 title. Gary Patterson was one of just two coaches to beat Bob Stoops in Norman from 1999-2011, and he brings his Frogs to Owen Field for the first time as a Big 12 member. TCU won in Austin last year. Can it do the deed in the Big 12's other national power's house?
at Oklahoma State, Oct. 19: TCU's chasing a Big 12 title, but its schedule doesn't set it up well to get it. Getting a split on the road against the Oklahoma teams -- both Big 12 contenders -- would be huge. OSU is my pick to win the league, but a win for the Frogs here would give them the inside track and avenge last season's loss in Stillwater, the only game of the season in which TCU wasn't competitive.
vs. Texas, Oct. 26: Nothing meant more to the program in its first year in the Big 12 than beating Texas in Austin on Thanksgiving night. Patterson explained to me this spring how much that win meant to the boosters and fans still patting him on the back for it. Beating the Longhorns in Fort Worth, where the Frogs are still winless in Big 12 play (I know, right?) might be even sweeter and help their Big 12 title hopes.
vs. Baylor, Nov. 30: Recruiting and the quality of play in Texas is heating up. Texas A&M has ascended and looks the part of another national power in the state finally living up to its potential, but TCU and Baylor are still dealing with Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12. Both have seen their recruiting surge in the past couple years, and a win in this one could help give one the leg up over the other. Adding to the intrigue: The all-time series between these teams stands at 51-50-7, in favor of the Frogs.