2020 TCU Horned Frogs football
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2020 record6–4 (5–4 Big 12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorSonny Cumbie (7th season)
Defensive coordinatorChad Glasgow (6th season)
Home stadiumAmon G. Carter Stadium
(Capacity: 47,000)
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Iowa State y   8 1         9 3  
No. 6 Oklahoma y$   6 2         9 2  
No. 20 Oklahoma State   6 3         8 3  
No. 19 Texas   5 3         7 3  
TCU   5 4         6 4  
West Virginia   4 4         6 4  
Kansas State   4 5         4 6  
Texas Tech   3 6         4 6  
Baylor   2 7         2 7  
Kansas   0 8         0 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 27, Iowa State 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2020 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) during the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Horned Frogs competed as a member of the Big 12 Conference and played their home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium on campus in Fort Worth, Texas. They were led by 20th-year head coach Gary Patterson.

In a season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Horned Frogs compiled a 6–4 record (5–4 in conference). The team was slated to face Arkansas in the Texas Bowl, but had to withdraw due to COVID-19 issues within the program.[1]

Previous season

The Horned Frogs finished the 2019 season with a 5–7 record, 3–6 in Big 12 play, failing to earn bowl eligibility.

Offseason

Coaching changes

In December 2019, co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Luper was hired as the offensive coordinator at Missouri.[2] The other co-offensive coordinator, Sonny Cumbie, was promoted to offensive coordinator. Brian Applewhite was hired to fill his role as running backs coach.

Preseason

Big 12 media days

The Big 12 media days were held on July 21–22, 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Big 12 media poll

Big 12 media poll[4]
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 80
2 Oklahoma State 6
3 Texas 4
4 Iowa State
5 Baylor
6 TCU
7 Kansas State
8 West Virginia
9 Texas Tech
10 Kansas

Schedule

TCU released its 2020 schedule on October 22, 2019. The 2020 schedule consists of 6 home games and 6 away games in the regular season. The Horned Frogs will host 1 non-conference game against Prairie View A&M and will travel to non-conference games at California and SMU. TCU will host Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Texas Tech and travel to West Virginia, Baylor, Texas, and Kansas in regular season conference play.

The Horned Frogs scheduled games against Cal, Prairie View A&M, were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 2612:30 p.m.Iowa State
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX
FS1L 34–3711,852
October 311:00 a.m.at No. 9 TexasFOXW 33–3117,753
October 103:00 p.m.Kansas Statedagger
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX
FOXL 14–2112,208
October 2411:00 a.m.Oklahoma
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX
ABCL 14–3312,440
October 312:30 p.m.at BaylorESPN2W 33–2311,667
November 72:30 p.m.Texas Tech
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX (rivalry)
FS1W 34–1812,356
November 1411:00 a.m.at West VirginiaFOXL 6–2411,111
November 287:00 p.m.at KansasFS1W 59–23N/A
December 511:00 a.m.No. 15 Oklahoma State
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX
ESPN2W 29–2212,594
December 126:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*
  • Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth, TX
FS1W 52–1010,472
Schedule Source:[7]

Coaching staff

Coach Title Year at TCU Previous job
Gary Patterson Head Coach 22nd New Mexico (DC/S)
Sonny Cumbie OC/QB 7th Texas Tech (co-OC)
Chad Glasgow DC/LB 8th Texas Tech (DC)
Bryan Applewhite RB 1st Colorado State (RB)
Jarrett Anderson OL 23rd Tyler Junior College (RB/WR)
Shawn Bell TE 4th Cedar Ridge High School (HC)
Zarnell Fitch DL 7th Lincoln High School (HC)
Paul Gonzales S 9th Pacific University (DB)
Malcolm Kelly WR 2nd Houston (offensive analyist)
Doug Meacham WR/TE 1st St. Louis BattleHawks (OC)
Jeremy Modkins CB 14th None
Dan Sharp DL 20th Tulsa (TE/ST)

Rankings

Further information: 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV  
Coaches RV RV  
CFP Not released Not released

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2021 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 43 Trevon Moehrig DB Las Vegas Raiders
5 170 Garret Wallow LB Houston Texans

References

  1. ^ Fornelli, Tom; Kercheval, Ben (December 29, 2020). "2020 Texas Bowl canceled as COVID-19 outbreak at TCU forces it to pull out vs. Arkansas". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Davison, Drew. "TCU co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper to join Missouri staff". star-telegram.com. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  3. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "Big 12 football media days going virtual due to coronavirus". ESPN.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Oklahoma Tops Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll". big12sports.com.
  5. ^ Bromberg, Nick. "Pac-12 follows Big Ten's lead and won't play non-conference games in 2020". Yahoo News. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ Visser, David (July 21, 2020). "SWAC Suspends Fall Football Season". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 TCU Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved 6 February 2020.