The TCU Horned Frogs are heading to the College Football National Championship Game after beating Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night. TCU will meet Georgia, who beat Ohio State, in the Peach Bowl.
TCU head coach Sonny Dykes is in his first year on the job in Fort Worth, replacing Gary Patterson, who parted ways with the Horned Frogs in the middle of the 2021 season.
There’s no doubt that many of us were wondering if we would hear from Gary Patterson on Saturday night, and well, we did.
Here was the message that Patterson shared on his Twitter page on New Year’s Eve after the TCU win.
Much of the roster that helped this year’s team reach the 13-1 mark was brought in by Patterson, but he struggled his last couple of seasons in Fort Worth. From 2018 through his departure last season, TCU was 13-19 in Big 12 games under Patterson. He spent this past season as a special assistant for the Texas Longhorns.
But this year, the team responded to a coaching shake up under Sonny Dykes and became the first Big 12 team to win a College Football Playoff game. Oklahoma had reached the Playoff four times, but lost in the semifinal each time.
However in typical Big 12 fashion, TCU is getting no respect against Georgia, as the Horned Frogs have opened up as 13-point underdogs in the National Championship.