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TCU To Open 2018 Season Against Ohio State at AT&T Stadium, Adds Purdue To The Schedule

TCU changes up and adds to their non-conference schedule, and one matchup is a bit of a head-scratcher.

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TCU To Open 2018 Season Against Ohio State at AT&T Stadium, Adds Purdue To The Schedule

Originally, TCU and Ohio State were scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019, but that has been scratched. Instead, the two will put it all on the line in a winner take all at AT&T Stadium to open the 2018 season.

It’s an exciting matchup and is sure to be one of opening weekend’s featured games. Since 2009, The Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium has hosted a marquee matchup to kickoff the college football season called the Advocare Classic. The Big 12 has been featured in the game three times since its inception, and this will be the Horned Frogs third trip. Historically though, the Classic has not been that kind to the Big 12. Oklahoma fell to BYU in 2009, LSU knocked off TCU in 2013, and Oklahoma State came up just short against Florida State in 2014. The Horned Frogs did beat Oregon State in 2010, but that was before TCU joined the Big 12.

The downside to meeting in Jerry World is that Horned Frog fans will no longer be able to look forward to hosting a blue blood program like the Buckeyes, and will not get to travel to one of college football’s most iconic stadiums.

Though the two programs haven’t met in several decades, the two used to know each other fairly well. They first played in 1937 and met another five times between 1957 and 1973. The Horned Frogs won just one of those meetings.

That Advocare Classic wasn’t the only scheduling news the Horned Frogs announced either. The school also announced that they have scheduled a home-and-home series with Purdue. The Horned Frogs will travel to Ross-Ade Stadium in 2019, but the Boilermakers won’t make the return trip until a decade later.

These two have met twice before in 1969 and 1970, Purdue won both of those meetings.

The decade wait for Purdue’s return trip is fairly odd. Despite the addition of Purdue, the Horned Frogs still have plenty of openings in their non-conference schedule for the near future. SMU is the only other opponent scheduled so far for 2018, and cancelling the home-and-home with Ohio State, means TCU doesn’t have a single non-con opponent scheduled for 2019.

Purdue’s schedule isn’t that full either. They have openings in 2019 and 2020, but in all fairness, schedule TCU either of those years would give them an absolutely brutal non-con those years as both seasons already feature two tough opponents for the Boilermakers. Still, 2021 and beyond is pretty wide open, so it is unclear why there is such a delay. To make things even more confounding, Purdue already has Vanderbilt on the schedule for 2029. And no, Vanderbilt isn’t a world-beater, but they are a power five opponent.

Regardless, they should be great matchups and the Horned Frogs have to like their chances to even up the series.

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